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PLANTS Profile for Tetradium daniellii (bee-bee tree)

Recently, I received an email from Mr. Bob Eaves, the President of the SW LA Beekeepers Association asking about the “bee-bee tree” and its suitability for Louisiana.

After learning about this tree, I asked LSU AgCenter Extension Forester, Dr. Hallie Dozier, about the bee-bee trees’ invasiveness because Dr. Hallie works a lot in the area of non-native, nuisance plants. She sent this message for this blog:

“It [bee-bee tree] looks like a smallish, easy to grow tree. Few pests, not picky about pH (but likes consistently moist, well-drained soil). I cannot find examples of escape, and Gilman at UF says “little invasive potential.” Everything I read backs that up, with one exception (see reference below). It has most of the characteristics of other invaders – short-lived, fast growth, heavy fruiter, bird dispersed, not too picky about soil, other than moisture mentioned above. Like many other of our invaders, it also seems to have potential for medical use.

Having said that, even though it’s been here a while (since early 1900s), I don’t know how it performs in different areas. I am assuming that someone wants to plant it to support apicultural efforts in your area? Keep in mind that planting anything non-native probably carries some risk, especially if you are talking about group (plantation, orchard) plantings.

Here is Gilman’s assessment:  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/st242.

And the one thing I could find related to invasiveness or escape from cultivation: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/mbot/0497763.0043.105?rgn=main;view=fullt.

Bottom line: if you recommend it, do so with a pound of salt and caveats that folks should keep a close eye on it.

Hope this helps!”

Yes, Dr. Hallie, your information is helpful. Thanks much!!

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Two Events in Early February: Beekeeping & Master Cattlemen’s Program

SW LA Beekeepers Association: Louisiana Apiary Laws and Regulations; Income Taxes & Bees

Monday, February 6th, 7-9 PM, War Memorial Civic Center, 250 W. 7th St., DeRidder, LA

The topic for this meeting is the Laws and Regulations regarding beekeeping in Louisiana. Mr. Allen Fabre, State Apiarist, will cover the rules and regs and will answer legal questions regarding bees. Copies of the laws and regulations will be available as handouts. Also, Mr. Leonard Wilfert, a CPA and an Acadiana beekeeper, will be talking about income taxes and beekeeping.

New folks are welcome to join. Dues are $15 per year.

For more information, please contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006. Also, you may also obtain regular “beemail” updates about beekeeping by sending your request by email to khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Master Cattlemen’s Class Orientation

Thursday, February 9th, 6 PM, War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West 7th Street, DeRidder, LA

            The LSU AgCenter in partnership with the Beauregard Cattlemen’s Association will start Master Cattlemen’s classes. The program will outline the costs, expectations, class topics and schedule. Interested cattlemen from any parish may enroll at this meeting. Classes will officially start on February 23rd.

            For more information, please contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006. Also, you may also obtain cattle updates from LSU AgCenter by sending your request by email to khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu.

 

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