Pick the Perfect Christmas Tree This Year

In this article from Patch.com, District Manager Adam Cervin, from The Care of Trees, a Davey Company, gives readers some tips for picking out their Christmas tree this year.

Posted: Dec. 7, 2014

By Tara May Tesimu 

Tips from a local certified arborist for selecting the right tree

For many, the holiday season officially begins with the yearly hunt for the perfect Christmas tree. With a freshly cut Christmas tree, the tradition of the quest makes memories that last a lifetime.

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“There’s nothing quite like a live tree,” says Adam Cervin, District Manager at The Care of Trees. “It’s the scent and spirit of the holiday.”

As a tree expert, he has one secret tip for finding the perfect tree this year: "Pick one that speaks to you," Cervin says. "A good quality, healthy tree will last for weeks with proper care and maintenance." 

When perusing the lot, Cervin suggests testing the branches and needles of the trees for freshness. “Run your fingers along the needles, grab the branches and bounce the tree a little,” he explains. “If the tree is fresh, very few needles should fall off. If many do, it’s a sure sign that the tree was cut long-ago and has not been watered enough.”

Each variety of Christmas tree has its own personality. Below Cervin outlines the pros and cons of some of the most popular species.

  • Douglas Fir

While not a true fir, the Douglas fir is one of the most popular Christmas trees. The dark green or blue-green colored needles are soft to the touch and radiate out in all directions from the branch, creating a very full-looking tree. The Douglas fir also has a sweet, not overwhelming scent.

  • Colorado Blue Spruce

Spruces have a beautiful shape and color, but the Colorado blue spruce is an incredibly symmetrical and stately tree. The blue spruce is also one of the best for needle retention.

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