3 Tips to Help You Pick & Keep the Best Christmas Tree Ever!

Choosing your Christmas tree is no easy feat. Questions to consider include, but are not limited to: What type of tree? What size? How will I keep it healthy so it lasts all season? If you’re looking for 3 tips to help you pick & keep the best Christmas tree ever, look no further.

1) Choices, choices. Wildwood carries 5 different varieties of firs from a Mission, British Columbia family grower. Each type of tree is beautiful but unique:
Nordman Fir – considered the most ‘handsome’ with slately and elegant almost black-green needles. Nordman have great needle retention and strong branches for large ornaments

Douglas Fir – the all-time favourite with a strong citronella fragrance. Douglas are densely set, soft to the touch and native to the Pacific Northwest

Grand Fir – known for their strong fragrance, Grands are full, bushy and hold up well over the holiday season

Fraser Fir – also labeled the ‘Cadillac of Christmas trees’, these firs have a narrow frame, excellent needle retention, strong branches with silvery needles.

Noble Fir – their name accurately represents these reputable firs! Nobles have very uniformly spaced, strong, symetrical branches and excellent needle retention.

2) Natural or Cultured? There’s something to be said about a ‘Charlie Brown’ tree with a classic look for your holiday celebrations. We carry these natural douglas fir beauties starting at $15 for a 3 foot and up to $45 for a 9′ tree. Our first delivery arriving on Dec 6. Cultured trees range from 5′ to 8′ and prices depending on the variety, available now.

‘Charlie Brown’ Christmas Tree (photo courtesy of Pinterest)

3) Stayin’ alive. Whether you’re a Douglas or whether you’re a Nordman you’re stayin’ alive.. well if you take some precautions to care for your cut tree, it will last you through the season! We recommend:
• Start with a fresh cut on the trunk. Make sure to get the tree home and into water within the hour so the tree doesn’t seal up again.
• Keep the water reservoir in your tree stand full. The first 24 hours after the fresh cut are very important because the tree will suck up a lot of water. It is very important to not let it dry out.
• Use a preservative like Keep It Green. It will make a big difference in a tree staying green and retaining needles.
• A tree bag is placed under the tree and it catches needles. When it comes time to remove the tree, it bags it up and makes moving it through a home and outside relatively neat and tidy.
• Keep the tree away from radiators or any other heat sources. They will dry out a tree and cause a serious fire hazard.
• Do not use candles or anything with real flame on or near a Christmas tree.