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Could ya shoot me down some of that mistletoe?!

That's right.  I never knew that was Mistletoe I was seeing way up in some of the trees.   Be careful, you could be standing under it and not even realize :)  you just might get kissed, lol.   Down here the guys shoot it out of the trees.  (just another excuse to get out the shotguns, lol - it's a Southern thang, lol. )  I don't know why it grows in some trees and not others.  Perhaps our resident tree expert, Russel Ray can explain it to us :)

This is what it looks like up in the trees.

                 mistletoe up in the tree

 

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International Property Management Group, LLC

Downtown Aiken SC.

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Comment balloon 10 commentsKara Casamassina • January 09 2009 12:58PM

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Kara, I never knew that...I'm amazed at everything I learn here in the Rain!  Have a great day!!

Laura G

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) almost 12 years ago

me too Laura - me too!   

Posted by Kara Casamassina, Boomers and beyond (International Property Management Group, LLC) almost 12 years ago

I was reading about that the other day and there are some trees it doesn't like.  Crepe Myrtles are one but I don't remember the others.

Posted by Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate (Fathom Realty) almost 12 years ago

Hey, Kara.

Yep, that's misteltoe! We used to shoot it down in Texas, too.

Note that mistletoe is poisonous to humans, cats, and dogs. It can cause stomach pain, diarrhea, and a low pulse. If you touch it, such as while hanging it in your home for the Christmas holidays, it is best to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.

Most of the mistletoe species are what is called a hemi-parasitic species. What that means is that they do have green leaves (most are evergreen) that provide some nutrients through photosynthesis, but they also attack the host tree for nutrients and water -- a parasite.

That in your picture looks like European mistletoe (Viscum album), and considering that you are in South Carolina, I'm 99% sure that's what it is.

Mistletoe seeds are usually spread by birds through their droppings. I see Gene Allen's comment above, but it's not that the mistletoe doesn't like crepe myrtles per sé, it's that the crepe myrtle is typically a bush or a small tree, usually planted in urban landscapes, where birds are not comfortable building nests. Therefore, they don't pass the seeds in crepe myrtles or other trees and bushes that they don't deem safe enough to build a nest.

Many mistletoe seeds actually sprout in bird droppings before attaching to the host tree, getting their initial nutrients from the bird droppings. Wherever you find mistletoe, you'll often find a lot of birds and bird nests.

Although once considered an invasive, problematic plant that devalued prized urban trees, we now know that many birds and animals depend on mistletoe as food. Recent research in the past decade shows that the more mistletoe that is present, the greater the diversity of birds and animals.

There are some European and Eastern U.S. cities that are trying to grow mistletoe and re-introduce it into the urban landscape in order to invite birds and animals back to the cities. Whether or not it will work remains to be seen; it will probably be a long-term research project.

Interestingly, mistletoe is used in some European countries to treat circulatory and respiratory probems. It's also being analyzed for its usefulness in treating some forms of cancer. The Europeans seem to be either a step ahead of the U.S. in medicine, or more willing to try "non-traditional" methods of medical treatment.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) almost 12 years ago

Good Morning Russel!   Thank you soooo much - I knew I could count on you :)  I am totally informed now, and can share some of that knowledge !   A parasite?!  Wow!   You learn something new everyday.  I think the Europeans are more open to trying new things, I hope they are successful with the medical research/treatment.    Thanks again Russel - enjoy the day :)  Hi to Jim.

Posted by Kara Casamassina, Boomers and beyond (International Property Management Group, LLC) almost 12 years ago

Hi Gene,  I never really knew why it was in some trees and not others - thanks to Russel I have a better understanding.  I like Crepe Myrtles - we have them in so many different shades of red/pink here.

Posted by Kara Casamassina, Boomers and beyond (International Property Management Group, LLC) almost 12 years ago

I am just thankful for the birds who spread it around so I can get kissed!

Posted by Caren Wallace, Portland Caren Real Estate (Premier Property Group LLC) almost 12 years ago

Lucky you Caren!!  I don't think I've ever been kissed under the mistletoe, lol.    Have a great day :)

Posted by Kara Casamassina, Boomers and beyond (International Property Management Group, LLC) almost 12 years ago

Howdy Kara !! " Happy New year !!  Cute post, and I agree, any reason to get out the guns is OK by me !! LOL, us hillbillies have to stick together !!

Posted by Suzi Chaffin (Re/Max North Orange County) almost 12 years ago

Hey there Suzi!  Happy New Year to you too, girl :)    I hope you are well.    Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Kara Casamassina, Boomers and beyond (International Property Management Group, LLC) almost 12 years ago

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