Tetradium daniellii (syn. Euodia hupehensis) - bee tree

Ivory: For green filming at the green University of Applied Sciences

Drawn leaf of a bee tree, Tetradium daniellii (syn. Euodia hupehensis)

For more than five years now, the Munich film production company Ivory Productions has been staging the HSWT very convincingly. It was immediately clear to Lisa Pearce and Jan Linnartz that they would support the anniversary planting project, say the two likeable film crew members. They are taking over the sponsorship of velvet-haired skunk ash (Euodia hupehensis), also called Bee-Bee-Tree.

The Ivory Productions Team

One could probably assume with a smirk that this tree scored with the humorous film specialists with its range of names - from the olfactory "stink" note to the botanical tongue twister to the nursery rhyme magic formula. But Lisa Pearce tells us that she and her colleague come from beekeeping families - and therefore - the bee tree has her sympathy. In addition, its blossoms provide plenty of food for bees - and it is one of the bird protection trees. The functioning ecosystem preservation is just as essential to the production company as friendly interaction with colleagues and customers. It is no coincidence that in 2020, it received an award from the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein for its environmentally friendly filming - namely for the "Video Portraits: 50 Years of Applied Sciences for Life" of the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences. Since the cooperation with HSWT, ecological goals have been on their minds more than ever, Jan Linnartz emphasises. The fact that they now work according to the "Green Turning Passport" guidelines brings the green production output even closer to the green campus of the University of Applied Sciences.

"We hope that the arboretum will remind its visitors that we have to take care of our nature - now and also in 50 years," says Pearce on behalf of the entire team. Only two of the six "Ivorys" are men, by the way. The "Fridays for Future" movement was not the first to make them realise that climate change is an issue we all should take seriously. And they want to make their contribution. They do this professionally by avoiding travel whenever possible and making office processes as paperless as possible, explains Linnartz. "But we can also do so much in our private lives," adds Pearce: take the train, reduce waste, avoid plastic and eat less meat, for example. If you get the chance, you can also plant a tree in the arboretum. "Trees produce oxygen, provide a habitat for animals, store climate-damaging carbon dioxide, and our forests are decelerating oases far away from the noise of the streets," Lisa Pearce enthuses.

Of course, concerning climate and environmental science, Ivory Productions also relies on research and teaching at the HSWT. "At the Arboretum, we hopefully gain many helpful insights in the future about how to counteract climate change!" It is already certain that she and the team will visit their Bee-Bee-Tree whenever they are on site. It is also certain that Ivory Productions have already learned a lot about green engineering during their collaboration with HSWT - and that they will remain curious - about the growth of their Bee-Bee-Tree, innovative ways of nature conservation and new projects.


Full view of a young bee tree, Euodia hupehensis


15 metres high and 8 to 12 metres wide

deciduous, opposite, pinnate, 20 to 30 cm long, glossy green, blue-green below, yellow in autumn

whitish, panicles 8 to 15 cm wide

reddish brown capsules

Stem of a bee tree, Tetradium daniellii (syn. Euodia hupehensis)
Branch of a bee tree, Tetradium daniellii (syn. Euodia hupehensis)
Leaf of a bee tree, Tetradium daniellii (syn. Euodia hupehensis)