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plant a frankincense tree for christmas

Chinese demand and the USA to the rescue.

Frankincense - Boswellia sacra. Image: Miniatree.com
Frankincense - Boswellia sacra. Image: Miniatree.com

“His nursery, Miniatree.com, sells more than 100,000 seeds a year as well as 1,000 papyrifera plants. A 4-inch seedling costs $55, and fully mature trees can sell for up to $1,000.”

“Dutch and Ethiopian researchers studying populations of the scraggly, scrub-like trees in northern Ethiopia found that as many as 7% of the trees are dying each year, and seedlings are not surviving into saplings.”

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