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aquilegia

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Rowan and hazel
« on: June 17, 2017, 11:11:35 »
I want to get another tree for my garden. I would love a Silver Birch but apparently it's really bad for hayfever/allergies. Another of my favourites is Rowan. Is it wind or insect pollinated? (aparently plants are ok for allergic people if they are insect pollinated) How about hazelnuts?

If it's wind pollianted, can you suggest something else that would be suitable? (not fruit, this is in addition to fruit trees!)
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Re: Rowan and hazel
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2017, 14:14:37 »
Rowans are insect pollinated. Hazels are wind.
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Re: Rowan and hazel
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2017, 14:39:53 »
Rowan it is, then. Thanks!
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Re: Rowan and hazel
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2017, 16:32:05 »
I think you are wise to consider this issue.

I do not and have never suffered from hay fever. Even so, the effect of walking underneath a London Plane tree in May produces an effect on me a bit like being tear gassed.
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Re: Rowan and hazel
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2017, 19:05:22 »
Rowans are good for birds too and slower growing than a hazel.
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Re: Rowan and hazel
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2017, 08:14:51 »
Beersmith - it's not just hayfever for me, it also triggers allergies to raw fruits. After reacting to strawberries a few weeks ago, I don't want to make my allergies any worse.

Of course there's nothing I can do about the oak tree and lime trees just beyond my back fence!

I love rowan anyway. It's one of the first trees I can remember liking from when I was in infant school.
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Re: Rowan and hazel
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2017, 10:11:11 »
If you want a small neat tree that produces food then Amelanchier berries (rose family - uses insects) are much more tasty and useful than rowan - but so edible they need netting.

On the other hand if you want ornamental berries that are visible for months you need berries that are barely edible like rowan.

A useful compromise is a crab apple (also rose family) - I've found that "Gorgeous" produces tiny eating apples - does anyone know of a better tasting crab?

Cheers.

PS. I think the very beautiful pineapple guava (Feijoa/Acca)is bird-pollinated - is that better still? But if you want the amazing flowers you should buy them from a fruit specialist (self fertile are available) - the "florists varieties" (translation - random seedlings) at the garden centre are notoriously shy to flower.
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Re: Rowan and hazel
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2017, 10:11:11 »