Living Christmas Trees
What types of live trees are the best for a Christmas Tree?
Baby Blue Eyes–Picea pungens glauca ‘Baby Blue Eyes’ (pictured left)
- Slow growing to 20 feet and can grow to 15 feet wide.
- Pyramidal in shape. Grows well in containers for a number of years.
- Plant in the ground eventually in an area that gets afternoon shade.
- Make sure soil is well drained so it will establish deep extensive root system to withstand our hot dry summers.
Fat Albert Colorado Blue Spruce–Picea pungens glauca ‘Fat Albert’ (pictured at top)
- Slow grower to 15 feet tall and eventually 15 feet wide.
- Ideal for using in containers for a number of years.
- Like all Colorado Blue Spruces, this Spruce attracts birds and is deer resistant. Great for small garden areas. Does well planted near lawns or cottage gardens.
Dwarf Alberta Spruce–Picea glauca ‘Conica’ (pictured right)
- Slow growing pyramidal spruce that grows 6 to 8 feet tall.
- This Spruce can get four to five feet wide.
- The dwarf Alberta Spruce is an excellent addition to any landscape or patio.
- It is well suited to containers where it can be used year after year. This spruce does well in the ground too.
- Requires well drained soil and acid loving food. Place it is a space that gets eastern or northern exposure.
Horstmann’s Silberlocke Korean Fir–Abies koreana ‘Horstmann’s Silber locke’ (pictured right)
- Slow growing Fir that grows eventually to 15 feet if placed in the ground.
- Silvery white needles give the appearance that the tree is lightly flocked.
- It looks like a lightly flocked Noble Fir Christmas Tree!
- This tree bears cones near the top of the tree.
- It does well in containers and thrives in areas away from direct afternoon sun.
Lemon Cypress–Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest’ (pictured left)
- Great lemon smell. Excellent for containers as a nice table top Christmas Tree.
- Yellow foliage adds zing to a room and brings in Christmas Cheer.
- Place this plant inside in a sunny room (avoid direct sunlight). Keep soil moist.
- Move outside after Christmas and place pot in a eastern or northern exposure.
- This Cypress does best in containers. Grows seven to 10 inches per year, eventually reaching 15 feet tall and can grow three feet wide.
California Christmas Tree/Deodar Cedar–Cedrus deodara (not pictured)
- Fast growing tree to 50 feet tall and can grow 20 to 30 feet wide.
- Does extremely well in our hot dry climate.
- This cedar can be left in a large pot for a couple of years before it needs to be transplanted in the ground. Plant it in an area of your yard with plenty of room to spread.
Care for Your Living Christmas Tree
Acclimate your tree to the warmer air that is in your home. Place your living tree outside on a porch close to the house or under a patio one day before you bring it in to your house. Consider spraying the tree with Wilt Stop Plant Protector (RTU). Wilt Stop is an anti-transpirant plant protector. It reduces moisture loss while the tree is inside.
Water your tree thoroughly before bringing the tree inside. Be sure to place the tree in the coldest area of the house and out of direct sunlight. Make sure that the tree is away from heating registers, radiators and fireplaces. Don't keep the tree in the house for longer than 10 days.Other Care Tips:
- Use LED or low heating lights (Indoor/outdoor).
- Keep the soil moist and make sure that it does not dry out.
- If a saucer is placed under the tree, make sure that no standing water is left in the saucer so the tree roots are not able to rot.
- After Christmas, place the tree outside and keep the lights on. Consider placing an edible garland on the tree to welcome birds and watch your tree continue to bring holiday cheer to your home many days after the holiday.