Keep hol­i­days alive with liv­ing, plantable trees

A live tree won’t last long in­side, so plan to ac­cli­ma­tize it first.

Austin American-Statesman - - E LIFE & ARTS - By Ni­cole Vil­lal­pando nvil­lal­pando@states­ Trees CONTRIBUTED BY SKIP RICHTER

O, Christ­mas tree, O, Christ­mas tree, how we lov­ingly bring you into our home, dec­o­rate you with only the finest or­na­ments (or the most sen­ti­men­tal) and then, a month later, throw you out.

Could there be a way you could go on liv­ing past the sea­son and for years to come? Yes. Buy a liv­ing Christ­mas tree, one that lives for a short time in­doors and then gets planted or pot­ted out­side.

Some ev­er­green tree va­ri­eties ac­tu­ally can make it in our cli­mate. Look for Aleppo pine, Ital­ian stone pine, Ley­land cy­press, Afghan pine or a ju­niper at a lo­cal gar­den­ing

Ley­land cy­press will keep its very dense, con­i­cal form as it grows out.

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