With Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror, it's about that time of year when people go hunting for a Christmas tree. There are no shortage of venues selling live Christmas trees, either in traditional stores or as seasonal businesses in parking lots.
Here's a list of six tree retailers in the region:
- Bayside Garden Center, 400 E. Brown Deer Road, is selling a wide variety of Christmas trees. The store is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
- First Choice Tree Care is selling Christmas trees in the parking lot south of Pier 1 Imports at 5960 N. Port Washington Road. The lot is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.
- Village Outdoor Living, 6075 N. Green Bay Ave., will be selling Christmas trees. The store's hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
- Ideal Property Management is selling Christmas trees in the municipal parking lot at 3505 N. Oakland Ave., just south of Harry's Pub and Grill. The lot is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Wednesday, Dec. 24 while supply lasts.
- Holy Family School is holding its annual Christmas tree sale in the school's parking lot at 4825 N. Wildwood Ave.
- Ideal Property Management is selling Christmas trees in the rear parking lot of Saint Monica School, 5635 N Santa Monica Blvd. The lot is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Wednesday, Dec. 24, while supply lasts.
Six local tree varieties
If you are looking for a tree that is grown and sold in Wisconsin, Ken Ottman of First Choice Tree Care and Ottman Christmas Trees recommends the following six different varieties:
Fraser fir: Native to the high elevations of the Appalachian Mountains, the Fraser fir has adapted well to the rugged climate of Wisconsin. With its dark green color and pleasant fresh-cut aroma, the Fraser fir has strong branches and soft needles that don’t shed.
Balsam fir: A tree native to Wisconsin, the balsam fir has singly attached needles that form a feather-like spray of foliage. Its lovely green color and fragrant fresh-cut aroma make this tree a traditional and popular choice for families.
Spruce: Both the white spruce and the Colorado blue spruce have strong branches that are excellent for holding ornaments, with needles that protrude from all sides of the twigs. The white spruce is native to Wisconsin and has blue-green foliage, while the Colorado blue spruce has sharp needles that range from dark green to powdery blue in color. White spruce are treated with a needle retention product so they remain on the tree throughout the holiday season.
White Pine: As the tree that made Wisconsin famous in the old logging days, the white pine is a beautiful, dense tree that stands tall and retains its soft, long needles throughout the Christmas season. However, its delicate branches should be decorated carefully.
Scotch Pine: The Scotch pine was imported to the U.S. from Europe. There are many differing varieties of this tree in the market place. It is a bushy, full tree with flat, stiff needles that range from green to blue-green in color and grow in bundles of two.
Canaan Fir: Originally from West Virginia, the Canaan fir is similar to the Fraser and balsam firs in growth and appearance – each having dark to bluish green needles. It tolerates a wider range of growing conditions than either Fraser or balsam. Another perk, the Canaan fir has good needle retention qualities.