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UGA Professor Working To Develop Hybrid Christmas Tree That Can Grow Throughout South

12/18/2012 08:48 am ET | Updated Feb 17, 2013
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Most Christmas trees that adorn people's homes this time of year are grown and harvested elsewhere due to Georgia's hot summers and humid climate.

A University of Georgia horticulturist is hoping to change that by popularizing a hybrid that combines Fraser firs with their Japanese cousins, the Momi firs.

Mark Czarnota, a horticulturist and associate professor at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, hopes to combine the hardy Momi fir rootstock and Fraser scion, or shoot, into a tree that will grow throughout much of Georgia and the Southeast.

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