Christmas Trees 101

Christmas Trees 101
It's that time of year again, and our fresh-cut BC Christmas Trees are in! There are so many benefits to buying a real tree for the holidays. Not only does it save you storage space, but it also gives your home that fresh forest scent! If you’re eco-conscious like we are, you can rest easy knowing that Christmas Tree farming has been proven to help fight climate change. On top of that, purchasing from small, local businesses is a great way to boost your community’s economy! It is a win, win.
If you’re new to buying real Christmas trees or even if you’re a seasoned vet in the tree game, there are a few things we want to share with you when it comes to making that special selection. We’re here to help you decide which type of tree will be best for your home, and what to look out for when picking it out.  

Tree Choices

Noble Fir

The noblest of all Christmas Trees! With a strong frame, amazing needle retention and well-spaced branches the Noble Fir is the most sought-after Christmas tree on the market. Shaped to stand tall, full, and easy to decorate. Enjoy coming home to the refreshing smell of the fresh outdoors with a Noble Fir Christmas tree. Be sure to get these while you can, they’re a huge favourite!

Nordmann Fir

If you are looking for something a little more unique this year, the Nordmann Fir is a great choice for you. Large dark green needles with a silver contrast underneath gives this thick, dense tree a lot of character. Its full base leads to trim and narrow points with shorter branches, creating a shape that was once considered the ‘Classic Christmas Tree’. Mildly fragrant, the Nordmann Fir is a great Christmas tree for those with allergies.

Fraser Fir

Tall, narrow, and compact, the Fraser Fir Christmas tree is the tree for small spaces. Its short and strong branches carry smaller soft needles that hold well and make for easy decorating! Not only does this tree bring home aromatics from the great outdoors, but it also has a hint of citrus! Be on the lookout for this tree with excellent needle retention and a blue tint on the underside of the needles.

Douglas Fir

If you love having a real Christmas tree for the beautiful fragrance it brings into your home, then a Douglas Fir is the tree for you. Having one of the best fragrances of fir and citrus combined, the Douglas Fir Christmas tree will help you recall warm holiday memories year after year. This soft green tree is easy on the eyes, and on the wallet as the most economical tree on the market!

Grand Fir

The Grand Fir is a beautiful tree to decorate with soft and dense needles! Adored for its perfect pyramid shape and extremely fragrant lemony scent, the Grand Fir Christmas tree is one of the most popular Christmas tree choices. With good needle retention to boot, you can throw out your scented holiday candles and fill your home with the fresh scent of the Grand Fir for weeks to come. To ensure the best bang for your buck, go with a Grand Fir Christmas tree that’s fresh-cut with no scaring on the bark at the bottom- this will ensure proper water intake for the holidays!

Charlie Brown

Since 1965, Charlie Brown's decision to pick an imperfectly perfect Christmas tree for his Christmas play has taught us the true meaning behind Christmas. Christmas isn’t about what you get, or what you have. It’s about being together and giving back. Today our "Charlie Brown" Christmas trees are Douglas Fir trees that come just as they are, deserving the same amount of love as all the other trees, if not more.
Charlie Brown: This little green one here seems to need a home.
Linus Van Pelt: I don't know, Charlie Brown. Remember what Lucy said? This doesn't seem to fit the modern spirit.
Charlie Brown: I don't care. We'll decorate it and it'll be just right for our play. Besides, I think it needs me.

What to look for

When choosing your Christmas tree, it is important to consider a few things before grabbing the first one that catches your eye. Most importantly, you need to make sure that the tree is freshly cut. A fresh-cut tree is important as it contributes to the overall health and lifespan of the tree. Once you’ve spotted your Christmas tree favourite, try the following to make sure it will last the entire holiday season.
  1.  A healthy fresh-cut tree should retain moisture, making the needles strong and resilient. Not weak and dry. Pinch a needle from the tree between your fingers, forming a “U” shape. If the needle breaks or snaps, it may be a sign that the tree is not retaining enough moisture.
  2. Another way to check for moisture retention is to lift the tree off the ground by a couple of inches from its trunk and let go of it, allowing it to land back to its standing position. If the tree drops a lot of needles, it is dehydrated and should be put back.
  3. Check for healthy green colour and good fragrance. Healthy trees lose their fragrance and colour as they mature. The greener and more fragrant, the fresher!
For more tips and information on buying your Christmas Tree tune in below for a few tips and tricks from our President Gord as he teaches Jasmine Bala from Chek News, how to pick the best Christmas tree this year!
 
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