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Marco McClean

I'm not sure what you're asking. Rhodo means red and dendron means tree. Is that it?


Yes. Red tree.


That's a perty tree Gail. I just planted two rhododenrons at the new house.


Just don't set up a beehive nearby.


I photoed a bee feeding on rhodos a week ago. The bee was crazed, with a voracious appetite. The longer he fed the wilder he became. I was utterly fascinated and took about 50 pictures of him; what just amazed me was that he was oblivious to me, despite his manic state. Completely ignored me poking a 60mm lens up his little butt.


New Zealand had a problem with toxic honey a few weeks ago. The bees had been feeding on the flowers of the 'Tutu' plant. The symptoms were seizures and vomiting.

Toxic honey

Toxic honey is produced as a result of bees gathering honeydew excreted by bugs feeding on sap of the ‘tutu’ plant (Coriaria arborea). Tutu is widely distributed throughout New Zealand, particularly along stream banks and in regenerating native scrub. The plant is poisonous as it contains tutin, a natural toxin. Honey made from tutu honeydew also contains the toxin.

Toxic honey is a rare event, and historically occurred primarily in the Coromandel Peninsula, Eastern Bay of Plenty and the Marlborough Sounds, although it is possible it could occur elsewhere.


Interesting! Thanks, Clare.


Wow, that's incredibly interesting. I used to make mead some years ago... I wonder what kind of bizarre effect you might get from Rhododendron Honey Mead?

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