Christmas trees

Nora Baker, co-owner of Baker Landscaping, holds up a Fraser firs she has for sale at their business near Mill Creek. Bakers offer a variety of fresh-cut trees for those seeking the perfect Christmas evergreen for their home.

If they haven’t done so already, families will be heading out in search of the perfect Christmas tree in the coming week.

With so many varieties available, folks may not know exactly what kind of tree will best suit their needs.

Baker Landscaping near Mill Creek offers a wide selection of fresh-cut trees and offers details about the available varieties.

“We have Douglas firs, Canaan firs and Fraser firs on display out front,” said Nora Baker, co-owner of Baker Landscaping. “We buy them from local growers.”

She explained the differences in the varieties.

“Douglas firs have softer needles and lightweight branches, making them not as heavy overall,” Baker said. “Fraser and Canaan firs have heavier branches so they can hold heavier ornaments. Fraser and Canaan Firs also have slimmer frames, while Douglas Firs tend to be fatter.”

Height is also a factor.

“Douglas firs are the trees that are anywhere from 4-5 feet tall,” Baker said. “Fraser and Canaan firs can get as tall as 6-9 feet, even up to 12 feet. Those would be for people with cathedral ceilings.”

Douglas Firs are also offered at Orbisonia True Value.

“Our Douglas Firs are very popular,” said store clerk Tia Shoemaker. “We’ve sold out of them the last couple years.”

Daniel Martin, one of the owners of Martin’s Garden Center in Morris Township, discussed their stock of fresh-cut trees, which includes Fraser firs, Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce and White Pine. Martin stated Fraser Firs are often the most popular among their stock.

Martin’s Garden Center also offers live versions of the Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce and White Pine. Live trees, unlike freshly cut trees, come in a pot with roots still attached.

Martin believes both types have different advantages.

“The advantage of a cut tree is that, since there’s no pot to worry about, people tend to have large cut trees in their homes,” Martin said. “But live trees don’t have to be thrown out when Christmas ends. People will plant them in their yards in remembrance of the holidays.”

Prices range depending on size. Fresh-cut trees 4-12 feet in height will range from $20 to $55. Live trees are much pricier, as a 4-foot live tree will run around $99.

Proper care for each type boils down to watering and proper in-home climate.

“Regardless of the type of tree, make sure it’s watered well enough, either by keeping water in a base or watering the pot regularly. It helps keep the needles green and moist,” Martin said. “Cooler temperatures in the home also help. Try to keep it at around 68 to 71 degrees (Fahrenheit), as 75 and over will drastically cut down the tree’s life span. Some people will also run a humidifier because heaters can eliminate the moisture in the air.”

Baker agrees. The longevity of a tree depends on how well it’s maintained.

“All trees can last a long time so long as you add ample water to them,” Baker said.

Joshua can be reached at jblattenberger@huntingdondailynews.com.

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