Tropical Gardening: Tropical pines hard to find this year

  • Photo courtesy of Voltaire Moise Garden centers have a big supply of trees available from the mainland. Unfortunately, local trees are not as easy to find without a bit of detective work. Try a computer search and you will locate several farms growing local trees on our Hawaii island.

Christmas is almost here, but it seems like most folks are a bit slow in getting their trees up this year. Don’t delay any longer since trees that are shipped in early are best. If you wait, the cut mainland trees will dry out and can become fire hazards. The advantage to imported trees is that they have a pine scent. This year almost 100,000 trees are arriving and unfortunately some unwanted hitchhikers as well. One container arrived with slugs, a garter snake and tree frogs from the Pacific Northwest.