So that's what it looks like in the wild
It was all over Texas when I lived there.
I'm not sure whether to blame the Russians or to blame Dillards...
Some oaks have balls of mistletoe all over them - not so great for the tree, but looks cool, personally.
I have some excellent photos of mistletoe blobs taking over trees now sitting on disabled laptops I haven't yet retrieved.... only noticed this month while looking for those specific photos that so many photos have been taken hostage in this way.
Found this one, though.
And Amy, you see mistletoe and then think Satan????
inspired by your lovely photo, i did a search and now I'm just perplexed. seems mistletoe are actually parasitic and can kill their host trees.
how did kissing come from that?
Hi Monkey ~ mistletoe is parasitic, but is considered semi parasitic as it can also grow alone, even though it does love those oak trees.... they usurp nutrients but rather slowly so it would take a lot to kill the tree. What a biologist friend told me ages ago.
And the mistletoe was considered medicinal for thousands of years and as it thrives and flowers in winter it got lumped together with fertility and vitality.... hence the kissing. One version I've heard, anyway. There's Norse myths about it, too, but I don't know them offhand.
I just like walking through the scrub oak groves and seeing all these balls of green hanging about in winter : )
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