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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Grand is typically sheared to increase density and give the tree a perfect cone shape. This tree is considered the most fragrant.
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.
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:
9381 W. Belfair Valley Road, Bremerton
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 24 through Dec. 24
Santa’s Christmas Trees U-cut Farm
8111 Highway 303, Bremerton
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25 to Dec. 23
Gold Creek Tree Farm
at the junction of Holly Road and Lakeview Avenue (Wildcat Lake area).
Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Kuney’s Christmas Trees
11175 NW Pioneer Road, Seabeck
Hours: Daylight hours through Dec. 23
Hubert’s Noble Ridge
4635 Seabeck Highway NW, Seabeck
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25 to Dec. 23.
3818 Sunde Road, Silverdale, with locations in Bremerton, Port Orchard
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.
Christmas Traditions Tree Farm
9992 Sidney Road SW, Port Orchard
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.
The Wreath Works Choose and Cut Tree Farm
15384 Glenwood Road SW, Port Orchard
Hours: 9 a.m. to dark daily to Dec. 18.
Five Springs Tree Farm
15331 Bandix Road SE, Olalla
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
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
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)