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Christmas Trees and Pesticides

Pesticides used in Christmas tree production

The following list of 25 pesticides registered for use of Christmas trees includes those most commonly used or recommended for use by state agricultural extension. All are linked to at least one adverse impact on health and/or the environment. Many are too toxic to be used in the home. Click on the links below for chemical profiles in our Gateway on Pesticide Hazards and Alternatives for information on health and environmental effects, uses, alternatives, regulatory status, studies, factsheets and more.

For more information, see the North Carolina State University’s Mountain Horticultural Research and Extension Center's 2007 survey results documenting the state's pesticide applications on Christmas trees in 1994, 2000 and 2006. Also see the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's 2008 list of insecticides for Christmas tree production.

* Listed as most commonly used by North Carolina State University’s Mountain Horticultural Research and Extension Center