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Sumac and fireweed

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 2, 2012

Sumac and fireweed blossom at the same time but the fireweed will continue to blossom for a much longer time.

sumac and fireweed

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Sumac and bumblebees

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 12, 2009

The Sumac blossoms have just started to open. This is the first year I have noticed the bumblebees showing as much interest in Sumac.

Bumblebees enjoying Sumac blossoms

Bumblebees enjoying Sumac blossoms

A honeybee joins the feast.

A honeybee joins the feast.

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Posted by blueberrytalk on July 2, 2008

Sumac flowers are highly desired by honeybees. I can’t recall seeing bumblebees visiting sumac flowers. A Sumac will send up new shoots from it’s wide spreading root system so it easy to establish and start new plants. It is vulnerable to the same boring insects that bother willows.

Sumac flower

Sumac flower

Dried sumac flowers are the best fuel for a bee smoker. The fire does not die out and it burns at a steady rate.

   dried sumac flower    bee smoker Sumac in a bee smoker.

Sumac for smoker fuel is a hint courtesy Jaquie Bunse of the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture.

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