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Holiday Greenery Pests

Movement of Christmas trees and holiday wreaths, among other articles, is federally regulated in certain areas of the country to prevent the spread of forest pests such as gypsy moth, and Phytophthora ramorum (cause of sudden oak death). USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) regulations, as well as some State regulations, require that certain conditions be met for Christmas trees and wreaths to move out of a quarantine area. PPQ and State regulatory employees routinely work with Christmas tree farms and other holiday greenery establishments in quarantine areas to make sure companies are aware of the requirements for movement. This page is intended to be a resource to help buyers, suppliers, and shippers follow the regulations.

To ensure that holiday greenery establishments are meeting Federal regulations, please review and follow these steps:

  1. Check the quarantine maps below to find out if the nursery or other agricultural production site is in a Federal quarantine area.

  2. Contact the supplier to ensure the company has a compliance agreement with PPQ and is meeting the requirements for moving Christmas trees, wreaths, and other agricultural material interstate.

  3. Call the respective PPQ State Plant Health Director’s office to learn what documentation and/or inspection is required for the supplier to move Christmas trees, wreaths, and other agricultural material from the quarantine area.

Regulations

The regulations can be found in Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR):

In addition to the conditions for movement, the regulations also provide a list of regulated articles, quarantined areas, and other information about interstate movement.

Quarantine Maps

Program and Regulatory Information

Contacts

State Plant Health Directors
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