Christmas is less than two weeks away, so go get your Virginia Grown evergreen tree today. Once you buy your Virginia Grown Christmas tree, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages you to help spread holiday cheer by posting images of your decorated tree on social media using the hashtags#VaGrownChristmas and #VirginiaGrown.
Search for Virginia Christmas tree growers and retail locations near you at VirginiaGrown.com or on the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers website, virginiachristmastrees.org. Along with choose-and-cut and pre-cut trees, many farms and retail locations sell fresh-made wreaths, garlands, holiday greenery, roping, centerpieces and tree stands. Some offer special touches for a memorable family experience such as hot beverages, holiday treats, hayrides and Christmas shops. Consumers should call ahead to confirm availability and hours of operation.
Freshness is an important feature of every Virginia Grown tree. Fresh-cut trees retain their needles and stay fragrant longer than trees brought in from out of state, which may be cut as much as a month or more in advance.
Virginia’s rich soil and moderate climate are ideal for growing a wide variety of Christmas evergreen trees including white pine, Scotch pine, Norway spruce, blue spruce, Douglas fir and Fraser fir. For every Christmas tree harvested, another two to three seedlings are planted in its place.