Latest Trees News

Should you worry about lichens, moss, algae on trees?

Jan. 17, 2023 09:48 AM EST

Now that deciduous trees are bare, trunks and branches have taken center stage, and you might be noticing nuances and irregularities that evaded your attention over the summer. For instance, what are those green masses growing on your trees? Those growths could be either lichens,...

Roadside cedar cut down, family hopes to plant new tree

Jan. 14, 2023 09:03 AM EST

STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — VDOT crews cut down a popular roadside cedar tree that a Stafford County family had decked out the last two Decembers in Christmas lights, ornaments and colorful garland to the delight of passing motorists. “Goodbye until next Christmas, little, faithful...

Sacramento's iconic tree canopy turns destructive in storms

Jan. 11, 2023 16:31 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — On a good day, the sun shines in California’s capital city — and elms, pines, oaks and hundreds of other tree varieties fill Sacramento's parks and line streets, fortifying the city's reputation as the “City of Trees.” But on a bad one, violent winds knock some...

EXPLAINER: Forest carbon credits aim to offset pollution

Dec. 22, 2022 08:58 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, airlines have offered passengers concerned by climate change an option: For an extra cost, cancel out the carbon dioxide pollution from their share of a flight, by paying to protect trees. That’s the idea behind forest carbon credits. Trees absorb...

Whitebark pine that feeds grizzlies is threatened, US says

Dec. 14, 2022 17:16 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Whitebark pine trees can live more than 1,000 years, but in just two decades more than a quarter of the trees that are a key food source for some grizzly bears have been killed by disease, climate change, wildfires and voracious beetles, government officials said as they...

6 favorite conifers and the cones they produce

Dec. 13, 2022 11:05 AM EST

In much of the country, much of the landscape goes barren from fall through spring. Evergreens are typically the workhorse plants that carry us through. But not all evergreens are created equal. A subset called conifers provide not only year-round greenery but ornamental cones that...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Dec. 12, 2022 13:44 PM EST

Iron Mountain Daily News. December 7, 2022. Editorial: December designated Christmas Tree Month in Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed December as Michigan Christmas Tree Month, recognizing the vital economic, environmental and social benefits of...

Christmas tree sellers feel effects of New Mexico wildfire

Dec. 06, 2022 10:03 AM EST

MORA, N.M. (AP) — The Monday after Thanksgiving, Deanna Trujillo stood in the bed of her truck, watching Christmas tree after Christmas tree pile up in her trailer. There were 101 in total — Trujillo, who sells Mora-grown Christmas trees every year, has to keep careful count for...

5 plants that say `holiday season,' and how to care for them

Dec. 06, 2022 08:39 AM EST

Holiday horticulture tends to revolve around the same handful of plants. So if you don’t already have any or all of these five holiday plants, now is the time to get them: PAPERWHITES The bulbs of these daffodil family members are pre-chilled so they can be planted...

Christmas tree farm closing after this holiday season

Dec. 04, 2022 03:12 AM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — For more than a generation, the Unicorn Hill Christmas Tree Farm has played host to countless holiday memories. Families select their tree from six different varieties of pine, cut it down and have it strapped to their car’s roof for a ride to its new home. ...