Hi all! I received my Flow Hive a few weeks ago; it’s all put together, about to be coated with Tung oil, and we’re a couple of weeks away from nuc installation. A friend of mine visited the other day, and we were discussing where to place the hive, and I mentioned that I was considering putting the hive near an African Tulip Tree we have growing, to which my friend replied: “You can’t do that…African Tulip Trees are poisonous to bees!”
After some research, I’ve found that she is correct, and that African Tulip Trees are indeed poisonous to most insect species, including honey bees and Australian native bees. I’ve spoken to several beekeepers in my local area and the greater Brisbane area, and they’ve all said that they wouldn’t be concerned about having an African Tulip Tree on the property…one lady even said that she has an Australian stingless bee box installed directly beneath an African Tulip Tree, and the bees do not seem to be adversely affected.
I have a couple of questions that I hope can be answered! The first is: how likely are bees to visit an African Tulip Tree? The second is: what other flora is dangerous to be bees, and how concerned should I be about them?