Site of the Day for Tuesday, December 14, 2004 Christmas Trees & More Today's site from Urban Horticulture and Environment, University of Illinois Extension, offers an overview on that essential seasonal emblem -- the Christmas tree. Gentle Subscribers may find this to be a pleasantly browsable site for information about this indispensable Yuletide greenery. "In 2002, 21% of United States households had a real tree, 48% had an artificial tree and 32% had not tree. ... Christmas trees take 7-10 years to mature. ... In the first week, a tree in your home will consume as much as a quart of water per day." - from the website The site's section on tree types provides information and links to excellent photos of the various kinds of trees used in Christmas celebrations through North America, from the Scots (usually listed as Scotch) pine to the Balsam fir. Under recipes, there's an edible tree cookie, with suggestions for a number of decorative touches. The tree facts yield a range of interesting data on Christmas trees, such as the useable life span of artificial trees and their longevity in landfills. A helpful guideline will assist the selection and care of real trees but the tree farm section is specific only to the state of Illinois. Handy reference links provide information on how to take great photos of illuminated trees, Christmas tree history and tips for seasonal flowers and greenery. Dash over to the site for a range of material on Christmas trees at: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/trees/ A.M. Holm <admin-sotd@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Manage your subscription and view the List archives on the web at: <http://www.freelists.org/cgi-bin/webpage?webpage_id=sotd> and <http://www.freelists.org/archives/sotd> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ UNSUBSCRIBE by sending a blank email to sotd-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with unsubscribe in the Subject field.