Magazine article Landscape & Irrigation

Choosing a Corporate Christmas Tree. (over Easy)

Magazine article Landscape & Irrigation

Choosing a Corporate Christmas Tree. (over Easy)

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Charlie Brown may be able to get away with a sparse tree at Christmas, but for businesses, the tree that graces the lobby needs a little more prestige. Tall, full, and perfectly proportioned, a corporate Christmas tree is like a runway model: so beautiful you're not certain it's real. Finding these needly gems requires planning. After all, perfection doesn't just grow on...never mind.

Planning is simple, but many people put it off. Unfortunately, the later you wait to choose a tree, the less likely you're to get it.

There are nearly 50 species of fir trees (Abies), but less than a dozen generally are used in landscaping, and only a select few become Christmas trees.

Noble firs, Abies procera, are a favorite with many companies, and the most expensive, commanding nearly $300 for a 15-foot tree. Their short, bristly needles, full shape, towering height and strong fragrance are impressive, even unadorned.

The Fraser fir, Abies fraseri, features short needles that are shiny on top and silvery underneath. …

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