Tree Varieties

Virginia Pine

Virginia pines are the “scotch pines of the south” and stay green longer than any other tree. They have stout branches that can hold heavy ornaments. The Virginia Pine is usually a rustic but very warm, inviting tree.


White Pine

White pines bring us the aroma of the north woods.  Their needles are longer and softer than those of the Virginia pine and have a blue-green color.


Cedar

Cedars are the traditional southern Christmas tree.  They are what Grandpa used to cut out in the back pasture.  They are very fragrant and make the whole house “smell like Christmas.”  They  have small prickly needles.


Leyland Cypress

Leyland Cypress is new to the industry but has become very popular not only because it makes a beautiful, long-lasting tree, but also because it does not drop dead needles.  Unfortunately, this tree is subject to disease and will be fazed out.


Carolina Sapphire

This is a beautiful “clean” tree that does not drop dead needles on the floor.  It has a very strong, clean, piney aroma.  Its foliage is a light blue-green. The Carolina Sapphire has been the "tree of choice" for many of our customers.


Green Giant Arbor Vitae

This is a new variety of Christmas tree. Like the Leyland and the Sapphire in that it does not drop dead needles.  It’s appeal is that it has a sweet, almost perfumed aroma. Sorry, but this tree has been so popular that only a few are left in the fields.


Fraser Fir

Frasers do not grow in our area because they need the cool weather of our mountains. Ours are shipped in from a farm near Sparta, NC. Their strong branches allow for easy decoration, and they have a pleasant aroma. Our vendor brings very high "A" quality trees.


Tree Care


The most important thing in taking care of your tree is to keep it fresh! The best way to do this is to keep it in water. There are many products you can buy to put in the water but the folks who do the research tell us that all the tree needs is room temperature water.  If you don’t plan to put up your tree as soon as you get it home, set it in a bucket of water, in a cool shady spot. When you set it up in the house, give the tree a fresh butt cut, use a stand that contains water, and be sure to keep the container full of water.


The Environment  

After you take your tree down it can still be of environmental value.  Most cities now have equipment to convert your tree to soil-enriching mulch.  You may also contribute it to the lake where you fish.  Placed in shallow water, Christmas trees make excellent “hides” where young fish can escape being eaten by larger fish.  You may prefer to set your tree in the back yard where songbirds can use it to get out of the cold winter wind.  If you do this you might want to hang some suet or bird feed in the tree as well.