I was horrified to hear this story on NPR about about a rare Keteleeria evelyniana that was cut down in Seattle's Washington Park Arboretum, presumably for use as a Christmas tree. Really? This is someone's idea of a tree farm?
It's a kind of scraggly, strange tree, the kind of thing only an arborist could love, but they'd been nurturing it along for the last ten years. The arboretum estimates it might be worth $10,000. It was planted, in part, so that it could someday provide seed to China if that ever became necessary.
Horrible. Shameful. Let us all now think evil, vicious thoughts about the tree thief. In the spirit of the season and all.