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Posting this as I thought it was interesting. Just goes to show how a small change can have a big impact. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-07-11/misteltoe-twt/4123942
That’s a relief .. I was wondering if, and how, I’d get rid of the mistletoe around my gums..
trees, that is 😀
Thanks Gumnut – that is very interesting! I have a heavily mistletoe affected Queensland Green Heart tree – very large tree, with huge balls of m’toe at the top, and I have been thinking of getting the tree guys in with their cherry picker next time the tree loses it’s leaves.So maybe I wont after all.I did recently remove all that I could reach, which was no small amount.I have a large bunch on an old stone fruit tree, easy to reach, but perhaps I should leave it be.
And I do love the little black and red m’toe birds that do all the spreading of the plant! Their suspended ball shaped nests made from spiders’ web are exquisite! :tup:
Finally! I’m a massive fan of the native mistletoes and it does seem to be really hard to convince people that one or two in a tree is not going to kill the tree.
The mistletoe berries of some varieties are quite nice to eat-very sweet [and not at all poisonous!].
I wonder how/why the English custom of “kissing under the mistletoe” at Christmas originated? Might investigate that.
I did.Very interesting and goes way way back into various countries/ traditions,possibly even Greek and Roman and certainly nothing to do with Christmas!
A great article, thanks.
I like mistletoe and tried to get it to grow on some wattle as it’s the local host with no luck. I wanted to get the little birds into my garden. Dad managed to get some to grow though and I think the red and orange flowers on the one he has is really pretty.
Our place used to be called “Mistletoe Gully” but the tree the sign was on fell over in a storm and the sign didn’t survive 🙁
We have so many mistletoes growing here some red, some orange and even a white/pale green flowered one, some have long thin leaves others almost round …. I like mistletoe too :tup: but only when it is growing where it should and NOT on my fruit trees.