What is a Christmas tree? Why not give a tree to a friend or family member this year? They are the gift that just keeps growing.
We call these Conifers - "Christmas trees". That's ok, everyone seems to recognize the term "Christmas tree". We carry more than just "Christmas trees" but use the term that is most comfortable to you...
It seems like every year we tell ourselves that, "next year we are going to get a live Christmas tree". Every year, millions of trees are cut to provide us with a few days of greenery, then it gets tossed out. Although America is in no danger of running out of trees, especially the species used for the holiday season, it still makes us think about what a "waste" we create. Many of these trees are grown on "farms" just for this purpose, and others are "thinned" out of the forest, making room for the other trees to grow.
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. It is a time of great joy and happiness, but the holiday season really has very litle to do with trees. Nonetheless, we have embraced the institution of having an evergreen during this celebrated time of year.
Christmas trees refers to the evergreen or conifer trees we decorate during the holidays. There are many varieties that are used, varying on what part of the country or world you're live in, with the most common types being:
There are several popular species within each of these groups.
There are several factors regarded as important in using a tree for the holidays.
First is needle retention. Cut conifers normally retain their needles for several weeks before they turn brown and/or drop off. Because the trees are cut in the late fall when the weather is cold, the trees tend to hold onto their foliage, as well as the sticky resinous sap inside for several weeks.
Growth rates can vary considerably among conifers used as Christmas trees, but the general rule of thumb is "a foot a year". To develop a tight dense tree, you want relatively slow growth or the tree looks spindly or sparse. Therefore growing Christmas trees, you actually want soils that are marginal, but irrigation is needed. Trimming or shearing is practiced on many intensively cultured farms, which encourages twigs to branch out, making the tree very dense. Growth rates can vary considerably, with some species growing two to three feet or more per year.
Color is a another factor. We like that rich healthy appearance. Most of the conifers used are deep green, but trees with bluish-green color or a silvery cast has become very popular. Some farms will even use a green dye to add a deeper color just before the trees are cut, but this practice is not that common.
Durability is also important. Just picture the handling and travel a tree goes through from the forest or tree farm to your home. They take a beating, as the trees are cut, dragged to the landing, bundled together for transport, then sorted, stacked, and handled by the customer. Typically, if handled reasonably well, the trees will endure quite a lot of handling.
Fragrance is another consideration, and conifers tend to give off a pleasant scent due to the resinous sap. Would you put a bad-smelling tree in your home for several weeks? I think not!
Certainly, availability is an important factor. Although it would be nice to have one kind versus another, if the local area or reseller doesn't have it, you won't get it. What is grown and used in one part of the country is often very different in other areas. The Balsam Fir and Fraser Fir are popularly grown in the eastern and northern part of the country, but you can't find them in the west. The central states see a lot of Scotch Pine and Austrian Pine, whereas the west is dominated by Douglas-Fir, White Fir, Noble Fir, and some Grand Fir. Leyland Cypress and Pinon` Pine are found in the drier parts of the southwest, and Norway Spruce might be available in the north. With the internet, you can now order a tree to be shipped to you by mail! That has sure changed from the days of packing up the kids and dragging a tree through the snow to tie on top of the car.
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