Tried-and-true tips to pick the perfect Christmas Tree

Expert horticulturists share pointers for selecting an evergreen

By Pike Nurseries November 10, 2020

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! For many, the symbol of the season is an evergreen tree with that characteristic aroma and plush, healthy green needles. Throughout November and December,Pike Nurserieshas fresh-cut trees for the Christmas season, allowing customers to make the hearth and home ready for the holidays. With tree varieties ranging from Fraser, Noble and Silvertip Fir, guests can find a festive fir that will complement any space.Pike Nurseriesoffers fresh-cut six-to-seven-foot Fraser Fir Christmas trees for $59.99. Pike Nurseries also offers tree stands free with a rebate; return the stand in January to receive an in-store credit for the original price.

Due to high popularity and high demand this year, experts recommend shopping early this season for the best selection. Pike Nurseries guarantees that fresh-cut trees are in tiptop shape, receiving exceptional care to maintain fragrance and freshness. Pike experts will be on-hand to help customers pick out the perfect Christmas tree for their homes with these how-tos.  

Weather-Resistant Wonderland
Customers should look for trees that are not exposed to direct sunlight, wind and rain. At Pike Nurseries, Christmas trees are placed in a protected greenhouse to shield against harsh elements that can dry trees or cause needles to drop. This also allows customers to browse the best selection despite the weather!

Rockin’ AROUND the Christmas Tree

Shoppers should examine trees from every angle to ensure a uniform look on all sides, as well as fully inspect for gaps or broken branches that could diminish the tree’s appearance. Pike Nurseries positions trees in a forest-like display which give families, parents and little ones the opportunity to access the selection from any angle.

Tend to the Trunk

A thirsty tree dries out quickly! Shoppers should make sure trees are properly hydrated. AtPike Nurseries, each Christmas tree receives a fresh-cut on its trunk to ensure that pores are open, can absorb water and then are placed in a stand filled with water to retain moisture. Well-hydrated trees will have the longest vitality throughout the holiday season. Once at home, the pros recommend using a Christmas tree preservative in the water to keep the tree fresh for as long as possible.

The Greener the Better

Customers should keep an eye out for even coloration throughout the tree. Christmas trees should be a healthy, rich green color, with soft, flexible needles. The garden gurus recommend that customers rub their hand along a branch to ensure that the needles are secure and flexible. Stiff, brittle needles indicate a tree is too dry and will eventually turn brown or drop needles.

Types of Trees

Fraser Fir Christmas Trees:
These popular evergreens are grown in the Appalachian Mountains. These trees have a strong, classic scent; rich, medium green color; sturdy, slightly upturned branches and dense, short needles. Ideal for holding light to medium-weight ornaments.
Noble Fir Christmas Trees:
Grown in the snowy mountains of Washington, these trees are a favorite amongst decorators for their strong branches that support heavy ornaments. The full, lush trees are recognizable by their attractive blue-green hue and picturesque pyramidal shape.

Silvertip Fir Christmas Trees:
*Pike Exclusive
This non-traditional favorite is extremely rare and only grows in California in elevations of over 8,000 feet. This trendy tree has a light fragrance, modern style and blue-green needle tips that appear silver. The wide spacing between the limbs allows for large, numerous ornaments or for a minimalist look to show off its unique silhouette.
Snow Flocked Christmas Trees:
The South might not be known for regular snowfalls, but Pike Nurseries continues its popular tradition of snow-flocked trees for customers dreaming of a white Christmas. The flocking process covers the branches with a people- and pet-friendly, flame retardant material resulting in a low-maintenance look with little-to-no needle shedding, as well as no watering!

Pike Nurseries also offers premium life-like trees to celebrate the season without maintenance. With life-like options to choose from, customers can pick a tree that complements their decorative style such as minimalistic, trendy or classic. Life-like trees resemble the look and feel of their fresh-cut counterparts, and the experts recommend selecting a tree that offers design elements – such as hinged branches for easy assembly, LED lights and multiple light functions – that adds the finishing touches to customers’ homes. All Pike Nurseries life-like Christmas trees come with a three-year warranty on lights and a 10-year warranty on the tree.

For more information on the different varieties of Christmas trees offered, as well as tips on caring for them, stop by any of the 12 Pike Nurseries locations.

In an effort to keep customers safe, all Pike Nurseries locations are now exclusively offering delivery and curbside pick-up. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Customers can complete an online form or call a local store to order, and a Pike Nurseries employee-owner will return the call to personally consult on the request and finalize the order.

Pike Nursery, Buckhead
4020 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: 404-843-9578

Pike Nurseries, Acworth
3602 Cobb Parkway
Acworth, Georgia 30101
Phone: 678-574-5868

Pike Nurseries, Milton
3155 Bethany Bend
Milton, Georgia 30004
Phone: 678-433-9060

Pike Nurseries, Cumming
6050 Bethelview Road
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Phone: 770-205-1737

Pike Nurseries, East Cobb
2900 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, Georgia 30062
Phone: 770-640-6468

Pike Nurseries, Suwanee
1105 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard
Suwanee, Georgia 30024
Phone: 770-271-5433

Pike Nurseries, Toco Hills
2101 LaVista Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30329
Phone: 404-634-8604

Pike Nurseries, Marietta
1875 Roswell Road
Marietta, Georgia 30062
Phone: 770-977-3040

Pike Nurseries, Johns Creek
5795 State Bridge Road
Alpharetta, Georgia 30022
Phone: 770-813-5050

Pike Nurseries, Lindbergh
2410 Camellia Lane NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30324
Phone: 404-869-2875

Pike Nurseries, West Cobb
3431 Barrett Parkway, NW
Marietta, Georgia 30064
Phone: 770-423-1650

Pike Nurseries, Towne Lake
2475 Towne Lake Parkway
Woodstock, Georgia 30189
Phone: 770-926-3252

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