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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Anderson

Jingle Bells

Hello Tree Friends,

We don’t like tossing our “used” Christmas trees on the curb either, so we decided to decorate a few of our potted evergreens. Guess what? They’re pretty cute!

We started with our Concolor, which are about 2 feet tall and make great Christmas trees anyway. They naturally grow into the shape of a Christmas tree, and they have soft needles and a sweet, citrusy scent.

Emerald Arborvitae is not generally considered a Christmas tree, but we experimented and loved the results. Its needles are soft and plentiful, and its branches hold the decorations nicely.

The beauty of live trees, of course, is that the celebration never ends. Once the ground thaws, you can plant your tree right in your yard and string exterior lights on the branches for seasons to come.

Concolors, like most firs, prefer cold weather, so best to grow them in the shade of another giant, like the Tulip Poplar--the tallest tree in the East. Regardless of whether you want it decorated, if you do decide on a Concolor Fir, best to plant it as a young pup for the best chance at long-term survival.

The Emerald Arborvitae thrives in this climate and can be planted in full sun or part shade. It makes a great specimen tree or hedge. It will grow 10 to 12 feet tall and keep its emerald leaves all year long.

Decorations are easy to come by for the do-it-yourselfer, or let us handle the decorations.

With live trees, it’s an outdoor adventure as the trees, inside for more than a day, may break dormancy. I suggest bringing the tree in periodically throughout the season, and then again on Christmas eve through Christmas evening.

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