Q. What are the best conifers to consider for a living Christmas tree that I can plant in the landscape after it does duty as our decorated holiday tree?

A. I have had good response from both Deodar cedar and Arizona cypress as living Christmas trees. Sheared Aleppo pines and Italian stone pines also work well. There are some loblolly pines on the market, but they would only survive in the landscape if you had acid soil. For information on successfully using conifers for living Christmas trees, seek out some of the archived articles in plantanswers.com .

Calvin Finch is a retired horticulture agent in Bexar County. He writes for and works with a number of area media outlets.

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