MK Library's Guide to Real
Discover which trees to buy, how to care for them, and what makes a Christmas tree farm sustainable!
Popular Christmas Tree Species
Lacy, scale-like leaves, medium growth rate, good for stringing a few light ornaments.
Slow growing, long-lasting after being cut, can support lots of ornaments.
Silvertip/ red Fir
Needles dark green above and silver-blue underneath.
Most common Christmas tree, doesn’t last long after cut because of its thin needles.
Soft, flattened, pale blue-green needles.
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.
Which trees are more sustainable: Real or Fake?
Answer: Real trees!
Christmas tree farms preserve green spaces, stabilize the soil, and provide refuge for wildlife throughout the year.
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.