ABOUT THE TREES
Trees 5'-8' tall are $45 plus tax.
For our customers who prefer the convenience of a precut tree, we keep our racks stocked with fresh, Vermont grown trees. We maintain several fields of trees up in the mountains of Lincoln, VT where most of our precuts come from. The rest come from other Vermont tree growers. This allows us to ensure that our precut trees are fresh and were grown with the same care and expertise as the trees in our choose & cut fields.
Choose and cut trees of any size are $45 plus tax. You can easily find a 5' tree to cut yourself as of December 2nd. The tree farm elves are always happy to answer your questions or lend a hand, and when you return with your tree we are happy to bale it for you, and then help you get it into or tied down on top of your car. Choose and cut fields close at 4:00. F
Below you can find a brief description and pictures of the varieties of Christmas trees we offer to help you decide which kind is best for your family. Additionally, we have small numbers of exotic and unusual conifers.
Native throughout much of Canada and the northeastern US, Balsam is the most traditional Christmas tree choice in New England. They have short, soft needles, great needle retention, and are famously fragrant.
A Balsam sub-species from the Canaan Valley in West Virginia. They are emerald green and have slightly longer needles than a balsam. They tolerate both our clay soils and our late spring frosts very well, making them well suited to growing in the Champlain valley.
SOLD OUT 2019
Sometimes called Fralsams, this hybrid typically combines the best traits of both fir species. Only available as cut your own, these trees typically sell out by mid-December.
LIMITED SUPPLY 2019
Fraser fir are a popular alternative to balsam fir. While they lack the strong fragrance of a balsam, their strong branches and dense needles make for an attractive tree.
SOLD OUT 2019
Blue Spruce are a beautiful shade of blue with stiff needles. They have strong branches, making them an excellent choice for heavy ornaments. Their stiff, prickly needles are very useful for keeping pets from climbing on them.
SOLD OUT 2019
Trees have short, stiff needles and a very distinctive fragrance. Like the Blue Spruce, they are an excellent choice for people with pets who like to climb trees. If you like the look of natural pine cones on your tree, this is the tree for you.
SOLD OUT 2019
An exotic fir native to Japan. They have long, soft, jewel-green needles. Good needle retention and slight citrus fragrance. Only available as 8'+ cut your own trees.
SOLD OUT 2019
Very similar to a Veitch Fir in appearance. They have long, soft, jewel-green needles. Good needle retention and slight citrus fragrance. Only available as 6' or shorter cut your own trees.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHICH CHRISTMAS TREE LASTS THE LONGEST INSIDE?
Fir trees hold their needles longer than spruces.
HOW MUCH DO YOUR TREES COST?
All cut your own trees are $45 plus tax. Pre-cut trees below 5' are marked lower (starting at $18 plus tax). Pre-cut trees taller than 8' are marked higher (starting at $50 plus tax). Pre-cut trees between 5' - 8' are $45 plus tax.
DO YOU ALLOW PRE-TAGGING?
We do allow pre-tagging. Trees must be paid for when tagged. Pre-tagged trees can be picked up during any business hours. If you would like help moving your tree from the fields to the shop, please cut your pre-tagged tree on a weekend.
HOW TALL ARE YOUR BIGGEST TREES?
Every year we sell a few trees between 15'-20' tall. These trees are grown in Lincoln, VT, and available as pre-cut only. Please call us to confirm availability on these trees. We regularly stock trees on our pre-cut rack from 8'-11' tall.
HOW TO GROW A CHRISTMAS TREE
The Full Story
Growing Christmas trees is not as simple as planting a tree and coming back in nine years to cut it down. An evergreen that grows naturally does not adopt its characteristic shape until it is much too large to fit into most people's houses, and it would almost never achieve the density of a cultivated Christmas tree. There is much more to running a Christmas Tree Farm than takes place during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In the spring, we begin by planting new trees. We buy in seedlings, generally 4-6 inches tall, from a wholesale nursery in Maine and plant them in our nursery beds where they will receive much more intensive care than in our fields. A tree will spend one to three summers in the nursery, and then when it is about 10-16 inches tall it will be transplanted into our fields. We plant new seedlings between 4-5' trees. By planting between trees a few years away from harvest, we can make the most efficient use of our space, and the older trees will be cut before they can crowd the younger ones.
Fertilization also occurs during the spring, before the new buds open. A Christmas tree can survive without fertilizer, but its needles will often have a paler, more yellowish color and it will be much sparser than a fertilized tree. Weed control begins in the spring and extends into the fall. We accomplish this with a combination of mowing and spraying. This is especially important for the young transplants, which can easily become overgrown by tall grasses and other weeds.
Beginning in the summer and extending right up to Thanksgiving, we shape, or shear, our trees. Each tree is hand-sheared each year of its life beginning when it is about three feet tall. The tops, which are particular formative of its future growth, and trimmed with
hand pruners. The rest of the tree is shaped with a shearing knife, which has a straight, thin blade about 1.5 to 2.5 feet long that is swung in a manner similar to a machete. While most other stages of raising a tree are relatively straight-forward, shearing this way is an art that takes years of practice to perfect. A tree will begin to be sheared this way when it is two or three feet tall, and during this stage will grow about one foot per year.
A typical 8-foot Christmas tree will be 10-16 years old.