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The 12 Trees and Shrubs of Christmas: Day 5

By December 19, 2013

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On the fifth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Five rows of rosemary

Over the past few years, rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) has become more common as a small living Christmas "tree" (it's really a shrub trimmed into a cone shape). They are small enough to fit on most tables. You can also cut off sprigs to use in your holiday dinner.

Rosemary can be a bit finicky if kept indoors, especially during the winter. Make sure that it doesn't dry out in wintertime. It prefers hot & sunny locations since it is native to the Mediterranean area. As soon as it's warm enough in spring, take them outside. Learn more about growing rosemary from Marie, our Gardening Guide & from Amy, our Herb Gardens Guide.

If you live in cooler garden zones, try the 'Arp' cultivar. It's hardy down to Zone 5. We kept some outside at the water conservation garden I worked at and it's still doing well despite our snowy winters.

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