White Christmas trees?

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Each year we find a few Fraser fir trees that the foliage on a branch or two is white/pale yellow. (see photo) Our first thought is herbicide damage, but it is only a tree here and there and does not follow any pattern that would indicate a problem with herbicides. We believe this is just a genetic abnormality. We have found that on some trees we see it one year and not the next while on others it continues each year. You can just prune out the affected branch or just watch to see what happens.

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