I saw this tree on the property, with mistletoe all over it. Yes, mistletoe is a parasite and can sometimes damage trees but removing it (permanently of course) can cause more damage than leaving it. There is a great link HERE from Texas A&M Forest Service about its impact on trees.
|Tree with mistletoe|
This tree has had this in it for years and in the Spring/Summer it's green and healthy looking. It's only in the Winter, when regular foliage is gone, that we see the mistletoe.
|Mistletoe close up in tree|
Having seen it scattered all around the property in various trees, 2nd Man and I were thinking that maybe next season, we'll have to harvest some and make bundles in time for Christmas...
Something like this would be kind of fun. And hey, we'd be taking lemons and making lemonade!
Anyone ever used real mistletoe at Christmas?