Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Crime strikes close to home is reporting the theft of two conifers from Nichols Arboretum. Presumably, the unnamed species of pine and Eastern Red-Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) were stolen to be used as Christmas trees.

Questions remain: who would commit such a heinous act of tree-crime? Why didn't hyphenate Red-Cedar in their article? Do they actually think junipers are related to cedars? Who has such bad taste in Christmas trees? I mean, when was the last time you saw someone using a juniper as a Christmas tree? Most pines aren't great either, unless you are going for that Charlie Brown Christmas look. These are troubling times we live in, friends.


  1. Happens near-annually, I'm afraid. Here's a 2007 Michigan Daily report of the same being done to a 25 foot white fir: