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Dogwood Pollination

Did you know that honey bees do not naturally pollinate dogwood trees? Natural seed production of dogwoods occurs by insect pollination provided by various native bees and beetle species. However, here at UT we convince the honey bee to pollinate dogwoods by spraying the flowers with pheremones and sugar water.

We do this to cross different varieties of dogwood trees that have been found to be resisitant to dogwood anthracnose and other plant pathogens. UT's Dogwood Reasearch Group sets up these crosses, elvauates the cultivars, and provides disease resitant dogwoods to the public.

This somewhat unnatural, yet effictive, pollination occurs in the pollination cages pictured above at UTK's trial gardens.