Turns out you can grow frankincense in the U.S.

Michael Tortorello / New York Times News Service Published Dec 13, 2011 at 04:00AM
Jason Eslamieh waters the plants on his property in Tempe, Ariz. Eslamieh's book “Cultivation of Boswellia: Sacred Trees of Frankincense,” contains tips he has perfected since starting Miniatree Garden, a nursery focused on succulents from areas like South Africa and Somalia, with an eBay storefront in 2007.
“Boswellia is only happy in its native environment. And even then, it’s not as happy as it could be,” says Marc Hachadourian, who manages the Nolen Greenhouses at the New York Botanical Garden.