Wreath Greens

truffler1635 at my-deja.com truffler1635 at my-deja.com
Sat Dec 9 00:56:02 EST 2000

Tis the time of year to prune the older xmas trees that didn't make xmas
trees. And at least locally, a lot of these boughs are being turned into
wreaths in larger and larger quantities.

Some of the boughs being used at this time, from an informal observation
of local wreaths for sale in most grocery stores:

Incense cedar
Western juniper
Lodgepole pine cones
Ponderosa pine cones
Western white pine cones
Lodgepole and white pine boughs
Douglas fir boughs
and apparently the most used is:
Noble fir boughs.

Noble firs at elevations lower than 1,000 feet typically don't grow very
fast. It would be interesting to check trees which were growing more
rapidly to see what ectomycorrhizal (EM) fungi were associated with them.
It might be possible to inoculate seedling Noble fir with appropriate EM
fungi to actually grow the trees more rapidly, making the turn-around for
harvest from 6-8 years for a 6' tree to perhaps as little as 4 years.

Of course, once the trees start growing rapidly, it might also be
necessary to prune them more often. But the faster growth rate I would
expect from EM fungi might change the main economic factor, which is how
many years a tree farmer has to grow the tree before harvest.

Noble fir are associated with so many EM fungi that pinning down the best
might require determining soil and slope sites as well. I have seen a
single Noble fir produce a pound of Melanogaster tuberiformis in Clark
County, WA; and would expect to be as easy to cultivate on other sites as
well. BTW, M. tuberiformis grows with some Douglas fir as well.

Daniel B. Wheeler

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