Selecting Your Mississippi-Grown

Christmas Tree

Choose the best Christmas tree for the holidays!


 Before you choose a tree…
  • Keep in mind where you want to place it.
  • Make sure the tree will not be too close to heat sources.
  • Measure the area where the tree will go, so you don’t come home with a tree that is too tall or too wide for your house.
  • Researching types of Christmas trees is helpful. Some trees are prized for their ability to hold on to their needles. Other trees may be favorable if allergies are a problem.
When you go to the tree farm…
  • Go early before the best-looking and freshest ones are sold.
  • Make sure you talk to the tree retailer about how pricing is established. You don’t want to find the perfect tree and be surprised by the price!
  • Look for trees growing in shaded areas. These trees are less likely to be dried out.
  • Choose a fresh tree. A fresh tree will have a healthy, green color. If needles are not flexible and fall off when you touch the branches, the tree is not fresh. A small number of brown needles falling off is acceptable, but green needles should not drop.
  • Look at the bottom of the tree trunk. Find a tree with a straight bottom so the trunk will easily fit in a stand.
  • Keep in mind what angle your tree will be seen from. If it is going to be against a wall, it may be acceptable if one side isn’t as full as the others. If the tree will be displayed with all sides showing, you want to find a tree that looks the same all around. Remember, the more perfect a tree is, the more expensive it will be.
  • On the way home from the farm or retailer, make sure to wrap the tree in plastic or a tarp to keep it from drying out.

Source: University of Illinois Extension,