In this WSMV4 article, Rob Kraker from Davey's Southeast Nashville office shares how mistletoe can actually be hurting your trees.

Posted: January 08, 2024

Kissing under the mistletoe is a classic Christmas tradition, but did you know that beautifully tied bundle of evergreen is actually a parasite?

Yes, mistletoe is typically a symbol of romance during Christmastime, but it can grow on your trees long after the holidays are over and suck out most of the nutrients from the trees in your yard.

“It’s pretty easily spotted this time of year,” says Rob Kraker, the District Manager of the Southeast Davey Tree Nashville office. “In the winter, the trees have all their leaves off of it, so it’s the only evergreen plant in the canopy.”

To read more of Rob's information about mistletoe, click here.

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