Looking for Something New This Holiday Season? Try an Exotic Species This Year.

Michigan Christmas tree farms are producing an ever-widening array of tree types, including exotic or lesser-known tree species. Corkbark fir. Photo by Bert Cregg, MSU. Michiganders that purchase a real tree for the holidays each year are likely familiar with many of the “tried and true” Christmas tree species that usually appear at tree lots […]

Links to videos on a variety of Christmas tree topics to get you in the holiday spirit!

Click the links below to watch some excellent videos from the It’s Christmas. Keep it Real campaign of the Christmas Tree Promotion Board. The videos cover topics like Christmas tree production, selecting a tree, decorating and lighting tips, and recycling your tree. The videos are enertaining and informative and are sure to get you into the […]

Living Christmas trees: Another real tree option

Enjoy holiday memories for years to come with a living tree. Bert Cregg, Michigan State University Extension, Departments of Horticulture and Forestry, and Jill O’Donnell, MSU Extension – November 26, 2019 Living, container-grown Christmas tree. Photo credit: Frank Genovese, Candy Cane Tree Farm Live, container-grown Christmas trees provide consumers with a real tree option that can be planted into their […]

Recycling Your Christmas Tree

As many of you are heading out and picking that perfect real Christmas tree to trim, here is one more reason you are making the right choice. Real Christmas trees are 100 percent recyclable and biodegradable, making your Christmas green in more than one way. We know it may seem a little early to be […]

All Things Christmas – The Natural Version

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The culmination of the Thanksgiving holiday has subsided and we are heading into a new season – Christmas. Meaning, it’s finally time to put up your fresh, real tree and decorate for the holidays. With the topic of decorating for the holidays being brought into mind, we […]

Debunking the Real Christmas Tree Myths

  Misconceptions and outright lies about real Christmas trees have led to many confused consumers during the holiday season. Many believe they’re doing a favor to their wallet, family, and Mother Nature by purchasing an artificial tree to decorate year after year. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that’s not the […]

Advice for First-Time Buyers of Real Trees

The time has come to toss your artificial tree where it belongs – in the trash. Real Christmas trees need a little love and care, but nothing compares to the aroma of a fresh, Michigan grown Christmas tree in your home.  With proper care, fresh trees are grown to last from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Purchasing […]

Before, During, and After Christmas Tree Tips

Christmas only comes once a year so it’s important to select the perfect tree to decorate, but picking a tree suitable to display in your home can be a daunting task. Good thing Michigan trees come in a  variety of species, sizes, and tree farms for you to choose from this holiday season.  Before you […]

The Toxic Side of Artificial Trees

Every December, people flock to superstores to do the “green” thing: purchase an artificial tree in hopes of saving a few trees from being chopped down. We hate to break it those sustainable consumers, but that eco-friendly decoration isn’t so green after all. That toxic artificial tree would need to be decorated for at least […]

How to Have a Green Christmas


Every Christmas many are faced with a major decision: decorate their home with a fresh, real Christmas tree or purchase an imported, artificial tree. Contrary to popular belief, you’re not doing the planet a favor by purchasing an artificial Christmas tree. In no way are real trees being saved by the purchase of an artificial […]