Mistletoe has been used as a holiday decoration for centuries. One common custom is to hang a branch of mistletoe as a subtle challenge to kiss the unsuspecting person who stands beneath it. This soft woody plant with distinctive white berries is actually a parasite, feeding and taking nutrients from its host plant, mainly older oaks and other large trees. Luckily, this isn't much of a problem in healthy trees. By harvesting mistletoe, you combine a fun holiday decorating activity with keeping your trees healthy. Just be sure to keep it out of reach of children and pets—it is toxic when ingested.
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- Holidays Are Sealed with Mistletoe
- Landscape Plants: Mistletoe
- Q&A: What is Mistletoe?
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Also on Gardening in a Minute
- Mistletoe--Virginia Cooperative Extension
- Mistletoe, a Florida Native--FloridaGardener.com
- Mistletoe, a Traditional Holiday Decoration--University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension
- The Mistletoe Center--US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Center
- Mistletoe Magic, Myth and Mystery--Colorado State University Extension
- Mistletoe Management Guidelines--University of California IPM
- Plant Palette: Mistletoe--University of Illinois Extension
- True Mistletoes--University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
- What Does Mistletoe Have to Do with Christmas?--American Phytopathological Society
- Will Mistletoe Kill My Water Oak Tree?--eXtension.org