Did you know Christmas trees imported from the mainland could harbor Hawaii’s next invasive pest? In past years, snakes, wasps, and slugs have been found in shipments of Christmas trees and other foliage used for holiday decorating. A 2015 USDA study found that importation of live plant materials is the highest risk pathway for introduction of new pests and diseases to Hawaii. Pests that have come in recently, such as little fire ant, coqui frog, semi-slug, and more, were all introduced accidentally on imported plant material. Don’t contribute to the risk – buy local, or choose an artificial tree!
Sam Ohu Gon of The Nature Conservancy explains in the video below:
There are sustainable alternatives here on the Big Island! An artificial tree can be used year after year, saving money for you while keeping the islands safe from invading pests. Or buy a locally grown tree – check out these local Christmas tree farms:
Hooluana Tree Farm
N. Peck Rd. Mt. View
Leyland Cypress Trees
Fairolen Christmas Tree Farm
Kaloko Rd., Kona
(808) 324-4609, call for directions
Let’s support local businesses growing and selling Christmas trees.