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Healthy Christmas trees expected to be abundant this year


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Christmas trees are a lot like humans.

At least when it comes to dealing with hot summers, that is: They might be a little wilty when it is hot, but they will otherwise be fine.

That's the word from the Michigan Christmas Tree Association, which is making sure the word is getting out that healthy Christmas trees shouldn't be hard to come by this year.

"We really want to reassure consumers you'll have no trouble finding a wonderful, mature Christmas tree," Executive Director Marsha Gray told WKZO.

Some fruit growers and others took a beating from the hot summer, with more than 60 days above 85 degrees and 6 days above 100 during the summer of 2012.

But, Gray said that is not the case for Christmas trees in the state.

"The ones you'll be harvesting this year are about 8 years old," she said. "Like the trees in your yard, they probably didn't enjoy the heat, but they do fine in the heat."

Gray said new Christmas tree seedlings did not come out as well, with young trees having the hardest time surviving the hot summer, particularly if they were not irrigated.

Hear the whole Gray interview from The Lori Moore Show by clicking here.