Setting out with family and friends to find the perfect Christmas tree is a seasonal tradition in the Southeast, where Christmas tree farms number close to 4000 with many offering Choose and Cut options. Second in the nation for the number of Christmas trees harvested, North Carolina alone produces an estimated 50 million Fraser fir Christmas trees.
Tips for Choosing and Cutting Your Own Christmas Tree
Photo of the popular Fraser fir Christmas tree: Courtesy of the National Christmas Tree Association
Before leaving home, take measurements of the ceiling height and width of the space for your tree.2)
Call the Christmas tree farm you have selected to confirm their hours of operation.3)
Confirm what, if any, equipment you will need to take. Most tree farms supply saws, netting and other supplies.4)
In almost all cases, chainsaws are not permitted.5)
Dress in layers to avoid becoming too cold (or too warm from exertion) and wear comfortable sturdy shoes, suitable for uneven terrain. Also, pack some rain gear, just in case.6)
Many, although not all, farms offer hayrides, shopping, snacks and other festive activities, so plan for enough time to enjoy the complete experience.7)
Review safety rules with children.8)
Watch this short video: Tips for Picking a Christmas Tree
Find a Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Farm
The following websites offer information about the locations of Christmas tree farms, the varieties grown and sold and other helpful tips for planning your Choose and Cut Christmas tree experience:
Most of the Christmas tree growers in Georgia operate Choose and Cut farms, selling directly to the customer. Popular Georgia-grown trees include the Leyland cypress, Virginia pine, Eastern red cedar and Arizona cypress, which has two cultivars: the Carolina Sapphire and Blue Ice. Visit the Georgia Christmas Tree Association Website
, where you can locate a Georgia Choose and Cut Christmas tree farm on a map of the state.
Christmas trees grown in Kentucky include the Balsam fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Canaan fir, Concolor or White fir, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, Norway Spruce, Scotch Pine, Virginia Pine, Eastern White Pine and White Spruce. Visit the Kentucky Christmas Tree Association Website
to find a map and alphabetical listing of Christmas tree farms, including several Choose and Cut locations, throughout Kentucky.
Popular Christmas trees in South Carolina include the Leyland Cypress, White Pine, Virginia Pine, Eastern Red Cedar, and Carolina Sapphire. For information about Choose and Cut Christmas tree farms and more, visit the South Carolina Christmas Tree Association Website
Visit the Tennessee Christmas Tree Growers Association Website
to locate Christmas tree farms in the three different climates of Eastern, Middle and Western Tennessee. Several varieties of Christmas trees that are grown in Tennessee include the Canaan fir, Carolina Sapphire, Colorado Blue Spruce, Douglas fir, Eastern White pine, Fraser fir, Leyland Cypress, Norway Spruce, Scotch pine and Virginia pine.
The tree locator on the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association Website
provides information about Choose and Cut Christmas tree farms by city, county and region. Some of the popular Christmas tree species grown in Virginia include the White pine, Scotch pine, Virginia pine, Norway spruce, Blue spruce, Fraser fir and Douglas fir.
The West Virginia Division of Forestry provides an annual list of the Christmas tree farms and tips for choosing and cutting your Christmas tree. The 2012 Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Guide - PDF
includes a listing of many tree farms located around the state of West Virginia.
The Southern Christmas Tree Association
, a regional organization of Christmas tree growers from Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, provides listings of member growers and information about the types of trees they grow, directions to the farms and services offered.