Bee-bee Tree Tetradium daniellii - Evodia daniellii , Evodia hupehensis , Evodia velutina
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Soak in water, let stand in water for 12 hours.
sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* Tetradium is a genus of nine species of trees in the family Rutaceae, occurring in temperate to tropical east Asia. In older books, the genus was often included in the related genus Euodia (orthographic error, "Evodia"), but that genus is now restricted to tropical species . In cultivation in English-speaking countries, they are known as Euodia, Evodia, or Bee bee tree.
They are attractive trees with deciduous glossy pinnate leaves. Tetradium daniellii (syn. T. hupehensis) develops a smooth gray bark that resembles that of a beech tree and grows to a height of 20 metres. The leaves resemble the foliage of an ash tree and are a glossy dark green in summer. In fall there is little color change and leaves tend to drop green to yellow-green. The tree is covered in late July and August with masses of large flat white to gray cluster of small white flowers, particularly valued when few other tree-size plants are flowering. It attracts large numbers of bees and is sought after by beekeepers as a source of late summer honey. The flowers produce clusters of seed that is present from late August through November. The seeds start as bright red capsules that when fully ripe open to expose shiny black buckshot seed as Autumn progresses. The small, red-to-black berries are popular with many birds. more...
* A tree with shiny dark green compound leaves; foliage looks good throughout the summer; likes full sun; flat clusters of white flowers in summer, prolifically produced (this flower is extremely attractive to bees, hence the common name bee bee tree); attractive red to black seed capsules; fall color a clear yellow. more...
* The oil from the fruit is used in making a hair oil. more...