Johnson City Press photo.
Tree farmers in western North Carolina are finding something a lot less pleasant than presents underneath their Christmas Trees this season.
Phytophthora root rot, a widespread fungus-like disease that causes a slow, or sometimes rapid death, of the above-ground plant, is wiping out fields of Christmas trees, mostly in Fraser firs, in farms in the western North Carolina area.
Although many of the tree lots around Johnson City get their trees from that area, many tree options are still available.
Read more at the Johnson City Press.