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Popular Georgia Christmas tree taking a hit this year

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Needle blight is leaving its mark on some Georgia-grown Christmas trees this year.

It's affecting the Leyland cypress tree, which is one of the most popular species for Christmas trees since it doesn't drop its pines in the home.

The owner of Homestead Christmas Tree Farm and Nursery, Jim Butler, said the problem with needle blight often occurs after a wet summer season.

"I've been seeing it here for about the last 15 years now. When we have a lot of rain in the summer, we see the needle blight," said Butler. "The needles turn brown and just fall off and you can't sell the trees."

Butler is feeling pretty lucky that his Hampton farm only has a few trees suffering from needle blight this year.

"Some other farms have been hit harder. But things will bounce back next year like they always tend to do," said Butler.

Butler said the Leyland cypress isn't the only popular Christmas tree taking a hit this year.

"The Frasier firs growers are having a problem with root rot. A lot of those tree are shipped here from North Carolina. So you may a some trouble finding them around this year," said Butler.

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