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Monday, December 19, 2011

On a Warmish December Day....

the bees are all over this plant in my neighbor's yard. It's a shrub with palmate leaves about 1 foot in diameter each and with nine "fingers" on each leaf.

The bees are busy collecting something from this plant when it's warm enough to fly as it was this afternoon.  From looking around the Internet, it may be a Japanese shrub named Fatsia japonica.....or maybe not.

Anyone have an idea of what this is? Put your answer in a comment below.

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  1. I have no idea what it is, but happy the bees are out and about!

  2. That is definitely Fatsia japonica. I've a stand of it in my yard and my bees love it on the warmer days.

  3. Yep, it is a Fatsia. Good job googling! What temperature zone is Atlanta? Fatsia is usually 8-10, but can live in 7 if protected.

  4. Something that my bees LOVE in December is loquat. My dad has several around the farm, and they are covered with native and honey bees when in bloom.

  5. Fatsia. Very tropical looking. I got some when I saw it at the Atlanta Zoo blooming away in mid-winter.


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