Cornell University scientists have some tips for picking out a Christmas tree. Plant pathologist Brian Eshenaur says beware of yellowing needles or a slight brown speckled color because this could mean there was a pest problem and result in needles dropping early.
You should bend the branches and the shoots should be flexible. Avoid a tree if the needles fall off or if the shoots crack when handled.
Most of all, make sure the tree smells good. Eshenaur says if there isn’t much fragrance when you flex the needles, it could mean that the tree was cut too long ago.
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