Tropical pines hard to find this year

You can grow your own Christmas tree. Podocarpus and Portuguese cypress may be trimmed to form the almost perfect holiday tree. You may also grow a Norfolk pine in a pot or in the garden for a Christmas to come. If planted in the garden, remember they can get very tall so cutting them every three years will supply a tree for use in your home. (Voltaire Moise/Special to West Hawaii Today)

In the past, Local folks often used Norfolk pine, Portuguese cypress or even Podocarpus as Christmas trees, but homegrown trees are hard to find this year. However, there are plenty of trees being shipped from the mainland — but don’t delay since trees that are shipped in early are best.