MK Library's Guide to Real 

Christmas Trees

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Discover which trees to buy, how to care for them, and what makes a Christmas tree farm sustainable!

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Popular Christmas Tree Species


Lacy, scale-like leaves, medium growth rate, good for stringing a few light ornaments.

Incense Cedar


Slow growing, long-lasting after being cut, can support lots of ornaments.

Silvertip/ red Fir


Nordmann Fir

Needles dark green above and silver-blue underneath. 


Most common Christmas tree, doesn’t last long after cut because of its thin needles.

Douglas Fir


Soft, flattened, pale blue-green needles.

WHite fir


Short, sharply pointed needles, good for hanging ornaments, unique looking.


How to care for your Christmas tree:


Cut a thin round off of the trunk to allow for better water absorption.


Give your tree about 1 gallon of water daily. 


Your tree will thrive longer in cooler indoor temperatures. 

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Which trees are more sustainable:  Real or Fake?

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Answer:  Real trees!

Christmas tree farms preserve green spaces, stabilize the soil, and provide refuge for wildlife throughout the year.

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Artificial trees are made of non-renewable and non-biodegradable materials such as metals and plastic.

Discover how one multi-generational family maintains their sustainable Christmas tree farm in the serene mountains of Northern California.

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