We grow three kinds of Christmas trees on the farm. We have now closed the field to further cutting for this season. Because of popular demand we also cut trees on a farm near Roan Mountain and bring them to our farm. Remember, an 8 foot tall tree will touch the ceiling in a room with standard 8 foot ceilings and will have no room for a star, angel, or other tree topper. Our trees typically range from 3.0 feet (Table Top) in height to 12-14 feet. As a free service to customers, trees can be baled for ease of handling and setup. Cut your own tree or have our staff cut it for you.
The Leyland cypress resembles red cedars but is lighter green. Those in the field are 7-11 feet tall. They have soft branches and are easy to handle. They are durable, staying green and holding their needles well into January. Because of their soft branches, they will not hold heavy ornaments at the tip. Otherwise, they are the best all round tree we grow.
As you may know, Fraser firs will not grow at our altitude. They do best at elevations over 4000 feet and our farm is less than 1000 feet. Since many people prefer this kind of tree, we cut Fraser firs on a farm on the Tennseess/North Carolina line and bring them to our farm.
Frasers are considered the “Cadillac of Christmas trees.” They have the best aroma, stay fresh longest, have a dark green color and a combination of soft needles and stiff branches which is easy on the hands and supports heavy ornaments to the tips. We would grow Fraser firs on our farm if we could, but we can’t. The next best thing is to provide the freshest Fraser firs possible in the Knoxville, TN area. Our trees will still be green in March. As an example, 4 trees cut on December 6th, that did not sell are shown above as they looked on April 11.
Our Virginia pines for 2018 are 6 to 8 feet tall. This species has light green needles that are short and stiff but not nearly as prickly as Norway spruce. The branches are not as stiff as those of Fraser firs, but still hold heavy ornaments almost to the tips. An extra nice thing about Virginia pines is that the bases of the trees are narrow. An 8 foot tall tree may have a base that is only 3-4 inches in diameter. If you have ever spent 20 minutes trying to get an 8 inch diameter tree base into the 6 inch ring of a tree stand, you know one benefit of getting a Virginia pine.
These are beautiful trees with short needles and are very dark in color. They have stiff branches which support heavy ornaments. These are great trees and will hold needles for six weeks or more if kept watered, but they start dropping needles in about 2 weeks if you let the water bowl dry even once.
Needles are about 2-3” long and are powdery-green to a light powdery-blue in color. Concolor fir needles are very soft and grow in a circular pattern around the branch. Their branches are strong and are great for hanging heavier ordainments. They have excellent needle retention. Many families choose a Concolor for its citrus like aroma.
The needles have a dark, green, glossy upper-surface with a contrasting silvery white under-surface. These have been popular in Europe for ages and are gaining popularity in the U. S. for their beauty and durability. They have excellent needle retention. Nordmann fir is favored for its attractive foliage and softer needles. It is a great choice if allergies or sensitivity to the typical Christmas tree aroma is a concern as the Nordmann lacks fragrance. There is little difference between Nordmann firs and Fraser firs other than the aroma.
Serbian spruce is a little different from the other two spruces we offer. The needles are about 1/2” in length and they grow in a circular pattern straight out from the branch. The big difference between Serbian spruce and the other types of spruce is that instead of sharp and pokey the needles of a Serbian are softer, more like a fir. Serbian spruce needles are dark green topside and a silver underside. The branches aren’t very strong and I would stick to lighter ornaments. The Serbian spruce has good needle retention for a spruce, but still should be kept watered at all times. Give the cut end of the tree a fresh cut immediately before it is placed into water. Keep the cut end in water at all times. If the cut end is out of water and exposed to air for as little as two hours, the end will seal over with sap and will no longer take up water. About 2 to 3 weeks after stopping water uptake, needles will begin to shed.
Needles are about 3/4” long and vary from green to light green. Blue spruce needles are very sharp and grow in a circular pattern straight out of the branch. Blue spruce have very strong branches and are good for heavy ornaments. The needles are sharp so pets do not tend to climb or bother this tree. Blue spruce have poor needle retention, even for a spruce, so diligence in watering is critical for it lasting through the holidays. Give the cut end a fresh cut immediately before placing it in water and keep the cut end in water at all times. If the cut end is out of water and exposed to air for as little as two hours, the end will seal over with sap and will no longer take up water. About two weeks after stopping water uptake, needles will begin to shed.