Geneticists are working and experimenting to produce Christmas tress that do not require as much vacuuming back at home. Christmas tress are notoriously known for dropping their needles all over the floor which result in endless vacuuming during the holiday season, so a group of geneticists at the NC State Christmas Tree Genetics Program located at North Carolina University are experimenting to fix this issue. For 40 years, they have been attempting to develop the "elite" Frasier fir trees. These trees account for 98% of trees sold in North Carolina. They believe these new modified trees can be sold to growers in the near future 2026-2028.
This research first conducted back in the 1990s when the program tested around 30,00 Frasier fir trees. The team behind the experiment aimed to find the perfect one with the best genetic makeup to ensure the needles do not drop as frequent. Out of the 30,000 trees, they only found 25 with the genetics they were looking for. The trees that they have found have a better growth rate, look nicer, and retained their needles for a longer period of time. Around 2018, these tress were placed in an orchid in hopes that they will produce seeds for more of the genetically similar trees. If it goes accordingly they should have a lot more of these genetically better Frasier
fir trees to reduce pine needle drop rate.