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1967 President Johnson was in office was also the second year of a tradition that continues today. Since 1966, the National Christmas Tree Association has given a tree to the President and First Family.
President Johnson, the First Lady and even their dog, Yuki, pose for a photo next to the White House Christmas tree in 1967. Photo by New York Daily News.

• Hoptree, Ptelea trifoliate, a member of the citrus family, is also known as the skunk bush by some because of the distinctive odor emitted when the leaves are crushed.

• Since 1966, the National Christmas Tree Association has given a Christmas tree to the President and First Family.

• A large front yard tree can clean 330 pounds of CO2 (90 pounds of carbon) from the atmosphere through direct sequestration in the tree’s wood, and reduced power plant emissions due to cooling energy savings. This one tree reduces the same amount of atmospheric CO2 as released by a typical car driven 388 miles.

• Hundreds of nurseries in the United States grow over one and a half billion trees annually, which reforests nearly three million acres. This number represents over six trees planted for every U.S. citizen.

• One ton of paper from recycled pulp saves 17 trees, three cubic yards of landfill space, 7,999 gallons of water, 4.200 kilowatt hours (enough to heat your home for half a year), 390 gallons of oil, and prevents 60 pounds of air pollutants.

The Texas Tree Trails has a list of big trees, regional, state, and national champion trees that are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, which you can view on the website or maybe even visit.

• Black Willow, Salix nigra, is the largest and most widespread Texas Willow species. This Willow is a fast grower, averaging four feet per year. The extensive, dense network of shallow roots make it ideal for stream bank erosion control.

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