Allergy free Christmas trees (real ones!) Pollen free trees for those with allergies or asthma

If you're looking for an alternative to your traditional tree and you could benefit from a pollen-free holiday environment, give the Leyland Cypress a try. The Leyland Cypress is a combination of the Alaskan Cedar and Monterrey Cypress from Mexico. It was developed by the British in the 19-40s as an ornamental tree. The tree was brought into Texas in 19-82 as an alternative Christmas tree for growers. Because it's a true hybrid, the Leyland cannot produce pollen, giving allergy sufferers the option of having a natural evergreen in the house for Christmas. The most common Christmas tree grown in Texas is the Virginia Pine. It is a thick, very dense evergreen. The Leyland Cypress is less dense and looks more like a fir tree. The Leyland Cypress was in short supply last year because growers did not have the tree long enough to build up a good supply. Tree farms should be better stocked this year.

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"Christmas tree " causes coughing and wheezing and can ruin Christmas for those affected. For years this problem along with associated nasal congestion and sneezing were thought to be caused by molds growing on the Christmas tree. New research, however, indicates the real culprits are oleoresins produced by the tree itself. Ironically, it is these same oleoresins that give Christmas trees their pleasant Christmas smell. Since Leyland cypress emits only limited quantities of oleoresins, they produce very little odor -- hence, their potential to benefit .