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Get Holiday Ready: How to Plant A Live Christmas Tree

February 8, 2022 Jill Raver
Filed in: Winter Planting Guides

Nothing quite says the holiday season like festive decorations, and the most notable of them all is a gorgeous Christmas tree covered in shimmering lights.

Outdoor decorations aren’t just for passersby to admire. They’re for your own enjoyment too. Nothing is better than looking out into your garden and taking in the holiday scenery that it creates outdoors.

This season, plant a live Christmas tree that not only benefits the environment but provides year-round beauty that especially comes alive during this time of year.

Find Your Perfect Tree

If you’re looking for the best Christmas tree to plant in the garden, you’ve come to the right place. There are dozens of tree options fit for the climate, size, and needs of your landscape. Here are some ideas to get your yard in the holiday spirit:

Plant a Quintessential Christmas Tree Shape in Your Landscaping

Norway Spruce: For those wanting a traditional Christmas tree look and feel, the magnificent Norway Spruce is an elegant choice for your front yard. It’s the fastest-growing of the Spruce tree variety, and once established requires virtually no maintenance. Don it with outdoor twinkle lights to be the holiday hit of the neighborhood.

Colorado Blue Spruce: No matter what time of year, the Colorado Blue Spruce adds a unique blue-gray foliage that can’t be missed. The classic Christmas tree shape makes it the perfect canvas for outdoor tree decorations and winter birds to nest.

Dwarf Alberta Spruce: If you have a smaller yard, or if you’re looking to add multiple trees in an area for added visual appeal, the Dwarf Alberta Spruce is a great option. Add a beautiful colored ribbon or bow for extra festive flair.

Black Dragon Cryptomeria: Another traditional Christmas tree shape choice is the Black Dragon Cryptomeria. The dark green foliage is unlike any other and adds instant drama to your landscape. Thanks to its deep, almost black coloring, the Cryptomeria contrasts beautifully with bright surrounding foliage and flowers.

Blue Atlas Cedar: Looking to add some character to your winter landscape? Blue Atlas Cedar makes for the perfect focal point. Its distinct branches and blue-green color are definitely something you’ll admire.

Evergreen Trees for An Alternative Christmas Tree Look

Emerald Green Arborvitae: If you want a functional tree that looks great all year round, but can be dressed up for the holiday season, look no further than the Emerald Green Arborvitae. Its neat and tidy cone shape is easy to string abundant outdoor lights upon. And they make excellent natural privacy screens that are easy to care for.

Thuja Green Giant: With its full, well-branched body and extreme height (reaching 30-50 ft.!), it’s hard not to love the Thuja Green Giant. They can grow three to six feet in a single growing season making them another great choice for fast-growing privacy screens. Because of their large stature and can’t-miss, lush foliage they’re also stunning beauties when adorned with outdoor lights and Christmas ornaments.

Tips: How to Plant a Live Christmas Tree

Planting a Christmas tree in the garden doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Once you receive your healthy, full tree from you’ll receive dedicated planting instructions to ensure you’re set up for success.

Here are some general tips when planting a live Christmas tree:

  • Choose a relatively dry day when the ground is not frozen or waterlogged to plant your tree. This ensures the right conditions for its new environment.
  • Dig a hole 2-3 inches wider than its root ball and remove the tree from its container.
  • Carefully remove the tree from the container and gently loosen the soil to help the roots spread.
  • Plant the tree in the hole and make sure it’s at the correct depth. Note: the root and trunk shouldn’t be any deeper in the ground than they were in their original pot.
  • Ensure the tree is upright and centered and begin to backfill with soil and water.
  • Apply an organic mulch around the base of the tree and keep an eye on the moisture levels during the first few weeks of planting.

Looking to add a festive vibe to your interior as well? can ship a fresh-cut Christmas tree for inside your home this holiday season, too!

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