Fresh Cut Douglas Fir Christmas Tree
The Fresh Douglas Fir Christmas Tree offers all of the best qualities of the Fir tree family to those who crave a big, full, and easy to care for tree. It is typical of most species of Firs to have a slim, tapered shape; however the Fresh Douglas Fir Christmas Tree is wide at the bottom, and stays wide all the way up the tree.
The dark green needles on Fresh Douglas Fir Christmas Tree are slightly longer, and very soft to the touch. The branches are not overly large, but still plenty strong enough to hold heavy decorations. The rich green color is the same on the top and bottom of the needle. Like all Fir trees, the Fresh Douglas Fir Christmas Tree offers very good needle retention and can easily last in your home for up to 6 weeks.
The fragrance of the Douglas is as distinctive as it is pleasant. While it may seem a bit odd to describe the aroma this way, it is best described as a sweet, citrus like smell. While that may seem contrary to the traditional Balsam scent, just about anyone who has owned a Fresh Douglas Fir Christmas Tree in the past will tell you the fragrance is wonderful.
Here’s a tip we’ve learned over the years. To keep your tree smelling great all season: clip off a small bit from the end of 10 branches every day or two. Pick branches that are buried beneath other branches so the clipped ends won’t show. Clipping the branches exposes the interior of the branches, releasing that sweet fragrance we know you’ll enjoy! Give it a try, you’ll notice the difference.
We have taken the guess work out of tree buying by including the following list of the attributes of each type of tree we sell.
Properties of Fresh Douglas Fir Christmas Tree
Needle Softness: 9.5
Needle retention: 9
Branch Strength: 7.5
Overall Density: 8
We personally hand-select each fresh Christmas tree to make sure that it meets our high quality standards. Since our Christmas trees are selected and shipped within 48 hours, you and your family will be able to enjoy a fresh Fraser Fir Christmas Tree throughout the holiday season.
How to Care for Your Fresh Cut Christmas Tree
When a Christmas tree is cut, more than half its weight is water. With proper care, you can maintain the quality of your tree. Below are a number of tips on caring for your tree: Displaying trees in water in a traditional reservoir type stand is the most effective way of maintaining their freshness and minimizing needle loss problems.
To display the trees indoors, use a stand with an adequate water holding capacity for the tree. As a general rule, stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter. Devices are available that help maintain a constant water level in the stand.
Use a stand that fits your tree. Avoid whittling the sides of the trunk down to fit a stand. The outer layers of wood are the most efficient in taking up water and should not be removed.
Make a fresh cut to remove at least a 1/2-inch thick disk of wood from the base of the trunk before putting the tree in the stand. Make the cut perpendicular to the stem axis. Don’t cut the trunk at an angle, or into a v-shape, which makes it far more difficult to hold the tree in the stand and also reduces the amount of water available to the tree.
Drilling a hole in the base of the trunk does NOT improve water uptake. This is done to accomodate tree stands which use a center “peg” to stabilize the tree.
Once you receive your tree, unpack it immediately, remove any netting place the base of the tree in water as soon as possible. Most species can go 6 to 8 hours after cutting the trunk and still take up water before they naturally seal over. Don’t bruise the cut surface or get it dirty. If needed, trees can be temporarily stored for several days in a cool location such as an un-heated garage. Place the freshly cut trunk in a bucket that is kept full of water.
Note; The temperature of the water used to fill the stand is not important and does not affect water uptake.
Check the stand daily to make sure that the level of water does not go below the base of the tree. With many stands, there can still be water in the stand even though the base of the tree is no longer submerged in water. Keep trees away from major sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, direct sunlight). Lowering the room temperature will slow the drying process, resulting in less water consumption each day. Use LED lights that produce low heat, such as miniature lights, as this will reduce drying of the tree. Always inspect light sets prior to placing them on the tree. If worn, replace with a new set.
Visit the Tree Recycling page to find a recycling program near you.