Decorate for the holidays with living plants and trees, and then plant them, instead of using artificial ones this year
Instead of chopping down and using dead or dying trees and shrubs to decorate for the holidays this year, why not nurture and plant living greenery? We’ve got an assortment of Christmas trees and plants for you to choose. Each option can be purchased either alone or in groups of 2,5, 25, or even 100 trees. You can also select your preferred height upon receipt up to 1-2’, 2-3’, and 3-4’ tall, for example.
Many different types of trees work as Christmas trees, including the Pine tree (most often the Scotch Pine, Virginia Pine, or White Pine.) Commonly used in wreath and garland-making, these trees are known for their superior needle retention, significantly when adequately watered. Pine trees are fast-growing, providing shade much earlier in their lives than many other trees do. Planting a row of Pine trees together creates a beautiful wind, rain, or sun break for a house, too, and they are straightforward to care for in return.
Cedar Christmas Trees
Known as the Eastern Red Cedar, the Cedar Tree is native to a few southern states, including Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas, and often makes its way into households as the annual Christmas tree there. Not only are they lovely with straight needles and feathery limbs, but they smell divine.
Get your Cedar trees here. You can also get a Red Cedar at Tn Nursery
Loblolly Pine Trees
Loblolly Pines are fast-growing, often gaining as many as 24 inches in a single year when grown in ideal conditions. Used in many products, including furniture, flooring, and more, the U.S. wood industry has classified it as southern yellow Pine.
The Loblolly attracts numerous birds and animals like the northern bobwhite, Carolina chickadee, brown-headed nuthatch, chipmunk, squirrel, etc. They’re attracted to the seeds of the Loblolly as well as the shelter the trees can provide.
Named by a botanist for its ponderous, dense wood, the Ponderosa Pine is a thick, sturdy tree, attractive to many birds and other wildlife for its protective nesting limbs. Its seeds are eaten by wild turkeys, grouse, and mice, while their twigs and bark are favorites of elk and porcupines.
Also known as a Bull Pine or Blackjack Pine, Ponderosas are the second tallest PinePine and can grow to over 200 feet tall. Its thick bark is resistant to wildfires and is the official state tree of Montana.
These grow into lovely soft-textured trees and prefer full sun and fertile, moist soil, but will also tolerate other types of land. Used in furniture and musical instruments such as guitars, the Spruce Pine is the PinePine most often used as a Christmas tree. The Spruce Pine holds the current record of the oldest tree in the world.
Pitch Pine Tree
They were also known as a Torch Pine. Pitch Pine trees usually grow to between 40-70 feet tall. They’re used predominantly for pulpwood and lumber and are known to be fire-resistant. They’re green all year, make pine cones in groups of up to five, and make outstanding additions to nearly any lawn.
Get your Pitch Pine tree here.
Still, want to browse the trees before making your final decision? Go ahead and browse your Christmas trees here.
Note: Though trees are known for cleaning the air, bringing them into the home may open up a whole new can of worms regarding indoor air quality -- particularly if you have allergies. Set up an air purifier in the same room with the tree to help guard against mold, pollen spores, etc., if the tree may release that.
As the nights get colder, the green leaves start to fall off these pretty plants. That often leaves the barren branches and the red berries, and that’s it. But we found creative folks who used just that to make beautiful holiday decorations, like this!
If you have a few snips of evergreen available, some classic vases like this could be lovely, too.
There’s nothing prettier at Christmastime than an entirely green and red American Wintergreen plant like this. Some send them as gifts or “mini-Christmas trees” for the tabletop. In the correct container, you can make a bold statement with them, too.
Get your American Wintergreen plant here.
As you can see, there are countless ways to decorate for Christmas with living plants and trees. How will you use yours this holiday season?