Visits to local tree farms are part of the season.                                Kitsap News Group file photo

Visits to local tree farms are part of the season. Kitsap News Group file photo

Finding that perfect (local) tree

It’s just a few weeks until Santa comes down that chimney. Make sure he’ll be impressed when he sees your tree. Here’s a friendly guide to help you select just the right tree for your home:

Noble Fir

The Noble is by far the most popular Christmas tree with its strong, evenly spaced branches and tailored look. Un-sheared, there is plenty of space to hang ornaments.

Shasta Fir

Very similar to the noble, the Shasta has strong, evenly spaced branches and tailored look but with slightly longer blue-ish needles. It typically has very symmetrical growth with plenty of space to hang ornaments.

Fraser Fir

The needles are tightly curved, giving the Fraser a very alpine look. Branches are held at an upward angle. The tree is often very open although some of these trees have been tip-pruned to encourage denser growth.

Nordman Fir

The Nordman has beautiful, dark, glossy green needles that are longer than most fir and drape a bit on the branch. This tree often grows very open, showing its white-ish trunk.

Grand Fir

The Grand is typically sheared to increase density and give the tree a perfect cone shape. This tree is considered the most fragrant.

Blue Spruce

Though the needles of a spruce are prickly, the shape and color make it one of the most desirable Christmas trees. While you may have to wear rubber gloves and a heavy jacket to decorate, the needles do keep the cats from climbing it or Fido from watering it.

Norway Spruce

Not as prickly as the Blue Spruce but still a little difficult to decorate, these full, dense, sheared trees are very popular. If you are looking for an extra large tree we have a big selection. We also have open, natural unsheared Norway Spruce available.

LOCAL TREE FARMS

Here’s a list of local tree farms where you can cut a fresh tree:

Bacon’s Christmas

Tree Farm

9381 W. Belfair Valley Road, Bremerton

Phone: 360-275-3162.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 24 through Dec. 24

Website: www.baconschristmastreefarm.com

Santa’s Christmas Trees U-cut Farm

8111 Highway 303, Bremerton

Phone: 360-981-5554

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25 to Dec. 23

Facebook: Santas-Christmas-Trees

Gold Creek Tree Farm

at the junction of Holly Road and Lakeview Avenue (Wildcat Lake area).

Phone: 360-830-4333

Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Website: www.goldcreektreefarms.com

Kuney’s Christmas Trees

11175 NW Pioneer Road, Seabeck

Phone: 360-830-5284

Hours: Daylight hours through Dec. 23

Website: www.pnwcta.com

Hubert’s Noble Ridge

Tree Farm

4635 Seabeck Highway NW, Seabeck

Phone: 360-981-5554

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25 to Dec. 23.

Website: www.hubertschristmastrees.com

Olmsted Christmas

Tree Farms

3818 Sunde Road, Silverdale, with locations in Bremerton, Port Orchard

Phone: 360-340-3246

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, to Dec. 24.

Website: www.olmstedtreefarms.com

Christmas Traditions Tree Farm

9992 Sidney Road SW, Port Orchard

Phone: 360-876-7252

Hours: 11 a.m. to dark Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday; open until 4:30 or 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to dark on Sundays through Dec. 23.

Website: www.christmastraditionstreefarm.com

The Wreath Works Choose and Cut Tree Farm

15384 Glenwood Road SW, Port Orchard

Phone: 360-876-0434

Hours: 9 a.m. to dark daily to Dec. 18.

Website: www.thewreathworks.com

Five Springs Tree Farm

15331 Bandix Road SE, Olalla

Phone: 253-857-0181.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. to dusk on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23.

Local tree farms

Henry’s Tree Farm

5321 NE Minder Road, Poulsbo

360-297-2183

Hours: Thanksgiving through Dec. 18; Thursday to Friday 10 a.m to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jones Tree Farm

1795 Sawdust Hill Road NE, Poulsbo, 360-779-7840

Hours: The farm will be open Dec. 2 and 3 only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bainbridge Island Farms

13610 Manzanita Road, Bainbridge Island

206-842-1429

Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Open Nov. 24 through Dec. 23

St. Mick’s Tree Farm

29747 Hansville Road, Hansville, 360-271-3174

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays; to Dec. 23.

Olmsted Tree Farm (U-cut at 17526 Clear Creek Road NW, Poulsbo, and tree lots) Phone: 360-340-3246. Open Nov. 24 to Dec. 24. Website: www.olmstedtreefarms.com (for hours and addresses of all locations)

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