Douglas fir are liked for their dense bushy
shape and fine soft green needles. They have a
distinctive pine-like scent, and that fragrance
seems to last through the entire Christmas
season. Easily decorated, Douglas fir is able to
support a large number of Christmas tree lights
if you really like to light it up!
Noble Fir is a high elevation tree. Christmas
trees grown higher in the mountains receive
a good solid frost before harvest so the tree
becomes fully dormant. This improves needle
retention and maintains freshness longer.
Noble Fir has beautiful soft blue-green
needles on evenly spaced strong branches
perfect for heavy ornaments. Noble Fir are
currently available up to about 13' feet tall.
With their dark green color and shiny
appearance, Grand Fir needles have a
silvery undersides that reflect the
Christmas tree lights for a beautiful
effect. It has a powerful citrus-like
evergreen scent and is, by far, the
most fragrant Christmas tree.
The Fraser fir is considered by many to
be the most beautiful of Christmas trees,
renowned for its blue-green color and
phenomenal needle retention. The Fraser
Fir is closely related to the Balsam Fir.
Fraser Firs have the same aroma as
Balsam Firs, only a little less pronounced.
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Every year we bring in a select few organic, "free range" trees
from our family property in the Trinity Alps. There are a mix of
Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine, California Cedar, and White Fir.
These trees are cut for the good of the forest and will be
available Nov. 28, 2011.
Live Oak, Santa Cruz-corner of Brommer St. and 17th Ave.
Tree Care Tips
Freshness… see for yourself:
- Give the tree a small shake. A few falling brown needles are common, but falling green
needles warn that the tree is dry.
- Gently grasp a branch and pull it toward you. Only a few needles should come off in
your hand if the tree is fresh.
- Avoid trees with stiff needles that are losing their color.
Keep it fresh:
- When you get your tree home, cut ¼ - ½ inch off the end and put the tree into water
- If you are not ready to put your tree up right away, keep it in a cool and shaded area
such as a garage or covered porch.
- The single most important thing you can do to keep your tree fresh is to water, water,
water! ( A fresh cut tree may take up as much as a gallon of water on the first day and
a quart or more on the days following)
- Display your tree in an area away from heat sources, such as registers, radiators and
Keep it safe:
- Use newer model lights with in-line fuses to avoid overloading.
- Display your tree away from sources of fire or heat, such as fireplaces and candles.
- Always turn off tree lights when away from home and before going to bed.
- According to the National Fire Protection Association, Real Christmas Trees are involved
in less than 1/10 of one percent (0.1%) of all residential fires.
- Every acre of Christmas trees on a farm creates enough oxygen for 18 people!
- Real Christmas trees help filter dust and smog from the air and help stop soil erosion.
- Real Christmas trees provide a comfortable habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.
- After the holidays, Christmas trees can be recycled and used for a wide variety of
purposes including bird feeders/shelter, fuel chips and mulch.
In addition to these trees, we feature unique, free-range Douglas
Fir, Ponderosa Pine, and Cedar grown on our family property in the
Trinity Alps. These precious few trees were cut for the good of the
forest and have been brought down just for you in the true
The Nordman Fir is a fir with tiered
downward sweeping branches and
shiny green leaves. The fir keeps its
shape well and has excellent needle
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Regretfully, we are closed for the 2015 season. :(