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Karl Trepka
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Hi all

have been searching for great nectar trees to plant and Chitalpa has come up high on the list. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%97_Chitalpa

has anyone seen firsthand bees work this tree either for pollen or nectar.

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It might have lots of flowers and nectar but not be the correct plant for your site as it flowers when lots of other plants the bees love are flowering too . Have you mapped out what other plants are available through out the year to see where any gaps in flowering plants are ?

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Hi
yes i have a calendar and this tree flowers for a long time just when we need it.
 
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Hi, I can't vouch for anything first-hand as I've only now discovered the chitalpa (coming from another source).

There is however this -

"If bees worked on transmissions they’d hang posters of Catalpa flowers around the shop... Catalpa’s offspring Chitalpa seems less favored by bees, as does the other parent Chilopsis (Desert Willow)"

http://abqbeeks.org/forum/topics/top-bee-plants-for-abq
 
heather Long
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I planted one last fall. It made it through one very brief cold front (10f) for a night, and a few days 25ish. Its currently leafing out. So I have yet to have blooms.
 
Karl Trepka
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Hi

ok if Catalpa is 10/10 and chitalpa is only 5/10 i would be satisfied with that as Chitalpa is reported to flower over 3 to 4 months just when we have our dearth.

i just got my plant the other week it is just about fall here so yours will probably flower b4 mine
 
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