Fresh Fraser Fir Christmas Tree
The Fraser Fir Christmas Tree produces needles that are roughly ¾” in length with a bluish green color on the top and a silver color underneath. The two-tone effect is one of the reasons why it is the best selling tree in the country. It is by far the most popular of the Christmas Trees we offer. Fraser Fir Christmas Trees have a very stiff branching habit that turn slightly upwards. They produce soft needles, and have a very pleasant aroma, which is why we believe the Frasier Fir is possibly the perfect tree for the holidays. Frasier’s have one of the longest needle retentions of all trees, which means you’ll spend less time cleaning up needles and more time enjoying the tree. Frasier Fir Christmas Trees have been the species most used as the White House Christmas Tree.
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 Frasier Fir
Needle Softness: 10
Needle retention: 9.5
Branch Strength: 8
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.