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2013-11-12 04:24:42

Millersville University Professor/Student Release Droid App MILLERSVILLE, Pa., Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In search of the perfect Christmas tree for your family? What's the Cadillac of Christmas trees? If you want a soft-needled tree, do you have to sacrifice fragrance? And what is a Concolor? You can get the answers thanks to the new "Doug Fir Christmas Tree Guide" app - available for free for your Android phone. "There isn't another app like this," said Dr. Christopher...

2012-12-05 05:04:13

A Philadelphia Area start-up called Philly Tree Delivery is now available to help decorate for the holidays by delivering fresh Fraser Fir Christmas Trees this holiday season. Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) December 04, 2012 A new small business, started by two young entrepreneurs, aims to solve commonly faced challenges by today's urbanites and city dwellers. The challenge here is obvious. A Philadelphia resident may want a high quality live Christmas tree, but either may not own a car, or...

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2010-12-06 10:55:00

Researchers at Universit© Laval, in collaboration with Nova Scotia Agricultural College, have discovered what causes Christmas tree needles to drop off, and how to double the lifespan of Christmas trees in homes. The authors presented their findings in a recent issue of the scientific journal Trees. The researchers have identified a plant hormone"”ethylene"”responsible for needle loss in balsam fir. They made the discovery by placing fir branches in containers of water inside...

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2010-04-05 14:52:44

The Swiss needle cast epidemic in Douglas-fir forests of the coastal Pacific Northwest is continuing to intensify, appears to be unprecedented over at least the past 100 years, and is probably linked to the extensive planting of Douglas-fir along the coast and a warmer climate, new research concludes. Scientists in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University have also found that this disease, which is affecting hundreds of thousands of acres in Oregon and Washington and costing tens of...

2008-12-15 12:32:15

Two U.S. researchers advise consumers to think twice about spending money on a commercial flame retardant for a Christmas tree. Drs. Gary Chastagner of Washington State University's Puyallup Research Center and Eric Hinesley of North Carolina State University, tested two flame retardants on Douglas-fir and Fraser fir, and neither showed any benefit to the trees. Many cities and municipalities require that chemical flame retardants be used on cut Christmas trees displayed in public buildings....

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2008-09-29 10:10:00

Advanced techniques may produce 'European style' trees to meet consumer demands The Fraser fir is gaining popularity among American consumers looking for beautiful, long-lasting Christmas trees. Consumers favor Fraser fir for its conical shape, dark green foliage, pleasant aroma, and excellent needle retention. Consumer surveys indicate that the shape of a tree is the most important factor affecting Christmas tree selection, followed by needle retention, species, and price. Traditionally,...

2005-11-28 12:02:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The centerpiece of the White House holiday decor, an 18-1/2 foot (5.6 meter) Fraser Fir from North Carolina, arrived at the president's residence on a horse-drawn wagon on Monday as the Marine Corps band played "O Christmas Tree." First lady Laura Bush attended the presentation of the official first tree in the driveway. The tree will be set up in the Blue Room. "This is a very fun tradition, the delivery of the Christmas tree to the White House," she said....

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2004-11-26 05:00:00

There are more Christmas trees than people in Colebrook, N.H. There are 500,000 trees alone at Weir Tree Farms, a family-owned farm considered to be the town's largest - that's 200 times more trees than Colebrook's population of 2,500. "We're trying to grow a lot of nice trees and make a lot of children happy at Christmas time," said William Weir, 65, whose family will cut 14,000 balsam fir, fraser fir and "fralsam" hybrids this year. Perched on the Vermont border, Colebrook is considered...