MORRISTOWN, NJ - Concerned over live Christmas trees this holiday season? The Town of Morristown, in a press release, said there is no concern.

"We encourage you to buy NJ grown and cut Christmas Tree’s this year", said Town Officials.

According to officials, the Spotted Lanternfly is an  invasive bug, a native of eastern Asia, made its first appearance in the US 4 years ago in Pennsylvania and has since spread rapidly. According to town officials, so far, the bug has been detected in only three New Jersey counties: Hunterdon, Mercer and Warren. But the bug is known to hitch rides on cars or trucks, particularly those carrying wood, landscaping materials or agricultural produce, experts say.

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According to reports, the spotted lanternfly has not been detected on any Christmas tree grown in New Jersey, nor are traditional Christmas tree varieties a known favored host of the lanternfly.The Town of Morristown reassured buyers that family owned Christmas tree farms across the state are taking every precaution to further mitigate the risk, inspecting their trees regularly not only now, but in the lead-up to the holiday season.


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