I’ve been catching up on my holiday reading, browsing through back issues of Limbs & Needles, the journal of the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association. So far I’ve learned about Sudden Oak Death, the proper time of year to graft a Fraser Fir, and the possibility of importing Turkish Fir seedlings from Turkey.
Limbs & Needles has been around for a while, publishing since the 1970s. The North Carolina Collection holds issues from 1989 to the present. The North Carolina Christmas Tree Association has been in business even longer, and is now approaching its fiftieth anniversary. I’ve learned from the association’s website that there are currently five times as many live Christmas trees in North Carolina as there are people. Fortunately, North Carolina trees are popular around the country, else our living rooms would get pretty crowded.