Enjoy a green Christmas by cutting your own tree at Lyonia Preserve in Deltona.
You’ll not only get a unique tree, you’ll help to maintain habitat for Florida scrub jays.
Select your favorite sand pines from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15. Bring a saw and enter on the unnamed road south of Deltona City Hall.
While they are not traditional Christmas trees, sand pines have been popular among Floridians for decades.
These native trees have been likened to Charlie Brown Christmas trees because they’re sparse and sometimes lopsided. Two or three can be tied together to make a fuller tree, and many people decorate them and leave them outside for wildlife. Most of the trees are 4 to 5 feet tall, but they can grow up to 20 feet.
Three nature trails
Lyonia Preserve, adjacent to the Deltona Regional Library at 2150 Eustace Ave., is a 360-acre scrub habitat that has three nature trails.
Staff and volunteers routinely remove overgrown sand pines to create bare sand areas with low-growing vegetation preferred by the Florida scrub jays and gopher tortoises that live at Lyonia Preserve.
Donations are requested, and proceeds will be used by the Friends of Deltona Library to support ongoing programs for the Deltona Regional Library.
For more information, call Volusia County Environmental Management at 386-804-0437 or the Friends of Deltona Library at 386-532-0969.