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Leyland Cypress

By: Craig McKinley Christmas Tree Notes

This factsheet covers the growth, planting, shaping and pests of Leyland cypress, a popular Christmas tree variety.

Selection and Care of Living Christmas Trees

By: Craig McKinley, Extension Forestry Staff Christmas Tree Notes

One of the more enjoyable Christmas traditions is to replant a living Christmas tree into your landscape after the holiday season. This article describes the process of successfully selecting, caring for and replanting a living Christmas tree.

Balsam Woolly Adelgid

By: Jill Sidebottom Christmas Tree Notes

This publication describes the lifecycle, scouting and treatment of the balsam wooly adelgid, a tiny, soft-bodied insect, which appears when adult as a white, woolly spot on true firs.

Christmas Tree Species

By: Craig McKinley Christmas Tree Notes

This factsheet provides a brief summary of the various trees often grown in North Carolina for Christmas tree production.

Management of Phytophthora Root Rot in Fraser Fir Christmas Trees

By: Jill Sidebottom, Ron Jones, Mike Benson, Kelly Ivors Christmas Tree Notes

Phytophthora root rot is the only serious disease of Fraser fir Christmas trees in western North Carolina. This publication covers the symptoms of the fungus, how to avoid an infection and how to treat it if Phytophthora develops.

Elongate Hemlock Scale

By: Jill Sidebottom Christmas Tree Notes

This publication describes the symptoms, life cycle and control of the elongate hemlock scale, a pest that causes white, waxy spots on the upper surface of Christmas tree needles.

Minor Pests of Fraser Fir Christmas Trees

By: Jill Sidebottom Christmas Tree Notes

This factsheet about Fraser fir pests covers white pine cone beetles, bagworms, gypsy moths, Botrytis shoot blight, sooty molds, fern/fir rust, Rhizosphaera needlecast, Annosum root and butt rot, Rosellinia blight and Nectria canker.

Selecting Sites for Fraser Fir Production

By: Jeff Owen Christmas Tree Notes

This publication covers a full range of site factors that can help growers avoid problems in the site selection process for Fraser fir Christmas tree production.

Shaping Virginia Pine Christmas Trees

By: Craig McKinley, Eric Hinesley Christmas Tree Notes

This factsheet covers how and when to shape, prune and shear Virginia pine Christmas trees.

Spruce Spider Mite on Fraser Fir

By: Jill Sidebottom Christmas Tree Notes

This publication describes scouting for and controlling the spruce spider mite, an insect that causes yellow spots on needles of Fraser firs.

Control of Root Feeding Insects in Fraser Fir Christmas Trees

By: Jill Sidebottom Christmas Tree Notes

This publication covers the identification, life cycles and treatment of several species of insects, such as May and June beetle grubs and root aphids, that feed on and affect root growth of Fraser fir Christmas trees.

Balsam Twig Aphid on Fraser Fir

By: Jill Sidebottom Christmas Tree Notes

This publication describes the life cycle, scouting and treatment of the balsam twig aphid, a small, pale green aphid that feeds on fir trees in the spring.

Needle Cast Disease in Christmas Trees

By: Jill Sidebottom Christmas Tree Notes

This factsheet describes the symptoms, life cycles and control of needle cast diseases in Christmas trees.

Soil Testing and Interpretation of Results for Christmas Tree Plantations

By: Craig McKinley, James Shelton, Ray Tucker Christmas Tree Notes

This factsheet provides general guidelines for obtaining soil samples, a summary of soil test results and information for evaluating those results to develop an efficient Christmas tree fertilization program.

Rust Mites in Christmas Trees

By: Jill Sidebottom Christmas Tree Notes

This publication describes the life cycle and control of the hemlock rust mite, which causes needles to turn a dusty rust color and drop from several species of Christmas trees.

Working Safely: Ergonomic Issues in Christmas Tree Harvest

By: Jeff Owen Christmas Tree Notes

This publication discusses ergonomic practices that can be implemented during Christmas tree harvests to reduce and avoid typical injuries.

Rosette Bud Mite on Fraser Fir

By: Jill Sidebottom Christmas Tree Notes

This publication describes the control of the rosette bud mite, a mite that destroys the buds of Fraser firs resulting in holes in the canopy, flat sides, weak bottoms and uneven and/or light density.

Selection and Care of Christmas Trees

By: Craig McKinley Christmas Tree Notes

This factsheet covers selecting the right Christmas tree for your needs, as well as caring for your tree after purchase.

Pine Tortoise Scale

By: Craig McKinley Christmas Tree Notes

This factsheet describes the life cycle and control of the pine tortoise scale, insects which accelerate the development of an unsightly black fungus on Christmas trees.