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The Best Live Christmas Trees

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The Best Live Christmas Trees

The best live Christmas tree is the one you like the best. One type of tree is not superior to any other, but different types of trees will have different characteristics. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about the different types of live Christmas trees.

Anything goes

There are no Christmas tree rules, and you can use any kind of tree you like. Most people traditionally choose some kind of (evergreen) conifer because these trees have needles, and they smell good. And conifers are usually what is available either already cut or for you to cut yourself at a Christmas tree farm.

Size and shape

We will talk about some of the most common trees, but you will choose what fits your room and ceiling height. Also don’t forget that you have to get the tree home in one way or another. Also, a cut tree will sit several inches higher when it’s anchored inside it’s holding pan.

Firs are probably the most common, and they are known for being good at holding their needles. Spruces are known for having very firm branches which are good at holding up stiff ornaments. The white pine might have the softest needles if that’s important to you.

There are literally hundreds of conifers to choose from, and you have to see what is available near you and if it has the shape, colour, habit, and density of branches that you like.

Potted trees

If you are wanting a tree that can be planted outside after Christmas then you will have a bigger selection to choose from. Just make sure the tree is in a large enough pot while it is inside the house and watered as needed. Even a cut tree needs regular watering just like cut flowers.

Safety first

Be aware that cut trees are serious fire hazards. Always turn off the lights when you are not at home or asleep. Run LED lights which run cooler. Never place a cut tree near a fireplace. And don’t forget to water your tree. The drier it gets, the more of a hazard it is.

There is nothing like a live Christmas tree. Choose whatever you like best and enjoy it!

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If you have any questions about this article or want to talk to us about gardening, just give us a call at (604) 596-9201.

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