Winter at the Berry Barn

Choosing a Christmas Tree

Christmas is a wonderful time of year and a perfect time to plan a family outing. Why not plan now for your Christmas tree "hunt"? That's right, it's open season! Make a tradition that lasts a life-time and beyond. We have many families that come with 3 generations for the big day! Bring your boots and your camera. And don't forget to stop by the Berry Barn for some hot chocolate, cider and other goodies or gifts.

U-Cut, Pre-Cut, or We-Cut!

You can cut it yourself (saws provided) or we can cut it for you. Prices start at $30.00 for trees that you cut or that we cut for you. Pre-cut trees are available in a variety of sizes (table-top size on up) starting at $9.99. You choose the tree and we'll shake it and bale it for you so it's convenient for you to take home.

There is bound to be a debate among family members on which is the perfect tree, that is part of the fun! Use our Christmas Tree Guide, below, to find out what tree is best for you!

Christmas Tree Guide

Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir

A family favorite for generations! The needles are dark green or blue green, 1 to 1-1/2 inches long, soft to the touch and radiate out in all directions from the branch. They have a sweet fragrance when crushed. Branches are uniform and very strong. They can hold heavy ornaments and have excellent needle retention. (Not related to the true firs.)


Fraser Fir

Fraser Fir

An elegant fir tree. Originally a native of North Carolina and closely related to the Balsam Fir, this tree has a deep lush green color with soft silvery needles. A great ornamental Christmas tree because of its density, branch strength, and compactness. The combination of form, needle retention, dark blue-green color, pleasant scent and excellent shipping characteristics has led to Fraser Fir to being a very popular Christmas tree species.


Nordman Fir

Nordman Fir

The European Christmas tree of choice. It is native to the mountains of the Black Sea. The Nordman is one of the handsomest of all the firs. Its dark green glossy needles are borne on symmetrically arranged branches exhibiting a perfectly pyramidal specimen evergreen. Favored for its attractive foliage with needles that are not sharp and that do not drop readily.

Tips on Selecting a Fresh-Cut Tree

Source: National Christmas Tree Association

  • Evaluate your need before departing for the farm
  • Measure the ceiling height in the room where the tree will be displayed. The trees in the field look small when the sky is the ceiling. Don't overbuy.
  • Measure the width of the area of the room where the tree will be displayed. Most trees on tree farms are trimmed to an 80% taper. So a tree that's 10' tall will be 8' wide at the bottom. A tree that will fit in the room vertically may be entirely too big horizontally.
  • What decorating theme will be used? Some species have more open foliage, stiffer branches or longer needles. Research the characteristics of the different species before you shop!

Why Buy a Fresh-Cut Tree?

Why buy a fresh-cut Christmas tree instead of an artificial Christmas tree? Learn facts you might not know about fake Christmas trees from the National Christmas Tree Association. [Learn more]

Just for Kids!

Visit the Real Trees 4 Kids website to learn the story and science of real tree farming. [Visit www.realtrees4kids.org now]

Christmas Tree Accessories and More

Do you need a stand for your tree? We've got it! We also carry clean-up bags, tree care instructions, and Christmas decorations and tree ornaments in our Berry Barn! Stop in to browse our selection!

Specials

We have weekend specials throughout the season! One of our favorite is the "Singing Coupon", offered only on the weekend after Thanksgiving. If you and/or your family come in and select a tree and upon check-out sing a Christmas carol (all the way through), you will receive $5.00 off your tree!! Visit our Events & Specials page for other specials and coupons!