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Name: Florence B.
Status: other
Age: 60s
Location: N/A
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Date: 1999-2001 

Our magnolia tree (unfortunately I do not know the name of the variety) blooms in the spring. It is now July and I noticed on many of the branches groups of small balls, anywhere from three to six (looking like marbles) enclosed in a netting. They seem to jut out from the stem. I wonder what these may be! Are they harmful to the tree? Are they buds? I also noticed a great deal of activity -- many, many bees and wasps flying around from one limb to another. It is a very beautiful tree and I would like to preserve it as best I can.

The fruit?

Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.

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