Coastal apple tree

Angophora costata, and A. subvelutina

Apple trees, both Angophora costata and A. subvelutina grow in large areas of the NSW North Coast (Clemson, p.104). Apple trees are a very useful drought food for bees, flowering in December and January. Apple trees sometimes produce a small surplus of a dark, but pleasant-flavoured honey and large volumes of pollen, often choking out the brood nest.

A test on these two apple tree pollens indicated a crude protein level of 19% to 20%. Iso-leucine made up 3.4% to 3.7% of the total protein. Apple tree pollen appears to be very palatable to bees and could be collected, frozen and fed back to bees when they need extra protein.

The tablelands rough-barked apple, or "black apple" (Angophora floribunda) is a more reliable honey-producing tree. Pollen from this species has not been tested.

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