Christmas tree mold

12.09.13 | Bob Price

Many Christmas trees across the country are at risk because of a deadly mold. A water mold called phytophtora is crippling tree businesses around the country. The mold flourished this year due to heavy rains in the south and pacific northwest. It kills the root system on the tree causing it not to be able to take up water. In North Carolina, the problem has cost the industry 8 million dollars this year. In Oregon..it cost tree farmers 300 million dollars. Fortunately, here in our area, local tree farm owners say they haven't had much of a problem with the Christmas tree mold.