Noble fir/X-mas tree care
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>From The Oregonian, Dec. 5, 2000, p E1
Trees, Glorious Trees
Make the noble effort to pick out the Northwest's favorite type of
By JOLENE KRAWCZAK, The Oregonian
It's the time of year to bundle up the family and head out to choose
the Christmas tree at one of the many choose-and-cut tree farms in the
In addition to offering trees at good prices, many farms have so
many extra activities that they make a day's entertainment for families,
including hayrides, bonfires, gift shops, hot beverages, snacks and
This year many families will take home a noble fir tree, definiately
the most popular tree in the Northwest and nationally, according to Bryan
Ostlund of the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association. The noble
has been cultivated to adapt to its popular status. In the 1970s nobles
were open and layered; now the branches are more filled in, though they
still have a heavy branch system to support even the biggest ornaments.
And nobles are one of the best trees for retaining their needles.
Because Oregon is the nation's largest producer of Christmas trees,
with 8.5 million of the national harvest of 34 million to 36 million
trees, nobles and other trees are in plentiful supply here. Fifty percent
of Christmas trees grown commercially in the Northwest are nobles. The
Douglas fir, the second most popular tree, counts for 40 percent of trees
Northwesterners also take advantage of the fresh trees. Of those who
put up Christmas trees, 80 percent of Northwesterners use a real tree,
compared with 50 percent nationally.
This year you can expect to pay about 5 percent more for your tree
than last year. Prices range from a lesser-quality tree for $10 to $15 to
a premium quality, 6-foot noble for $40 to $45.
Sidebar: Make the season bright and safe by taking good care of that tree
- If you buy an already cut tree, make sure it's fresh. Needles
should bend without breaking and be hard to pull off the branch. Wrinkled
bark on twigs indicates a tree that's already dry. Shake the tree. If
lots of needles fall off, keep looking.
- When you're ready to set up your tree - whther you cut it yourself
or bought it cut - make a fresh, straight cut at least 1/4-inch above the
original cut and immediately put it in a tree stand that holds a gallon
of water or more.
- Dried sap will seal the cut stump in four to six hours if the
water level drops below the base of the tree, preventing the tree from
absorbing water. If that happens, make a fresh cut.
- A tree can absorb a gallon of water or more in the first day and
quarts a day thereafter. Watering vigilantly will keep needles from
dropping and will keep the tree fragrant.
- Place the tree away from heat sources, such as fireplaces and
- Don't use lights with cracked insulation or broken or empty
- Don't run extension cords under rugs, across doorways and paths or
near heaters. One extension cord should have a maximum of three strands
- Unplug the tree lights before you go to bed or leave the house.
- As soon as your tree shows signs of drying out, remove it.
- Never burn trees in the fireplace - they are far too flammable and
can get out of control or start a chimney fire.
- Recycle your used tree. Most recycling companies will pick up
trees left at curbside on certain dates. Call your local recycling
company for details, or call Metro's recycling line at 503-234-3000.
Also, many nonprofit groups charge a small fee to recycle trees as a
fund-raising activity. Just drop it off at a designated lot.
- JoLene Krawczak
Posted as a courtesy by
Daniel B. Wheeler
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