Traditional tannebaum sales thrive during holiday season

REED CITY — Evergreens of all types, sizes and textures are making their way into the homes of residents across the county to be decorated with lights, ornaments, ribbon, garland and more in the celebration of the Christmas season.

A number of locations, large and small, offer pre-cut options, and, for the more particular, the opportunity for patrons to choose and cut their own tree.

Duddles Tree Farm, located at 21309 Sylvan Road in Reed City, offer both and have more than six types of Christmas trees available for purchase. During the first couple of weekends after Thanksgiving is the busiest time of the year, with the farm seeing about 250 people and selling about 100 trees in one day.

"We have Fraser fir, Douglas fir, concolor fir, blue spruce, white pine and scotch pine, but we also offer other kinds, like balsam fir and grand fir, but those are exclusive," said Duddles Tree Farm secretary Erika Brock. "Our most popular are Fraser fir and I would say Douglas fir, and then next would be blue spruce. People usually get the same type of tree every year."

With each tree comes different characteristics, such as soft or sharp needles and stiff or flexible branches. Height and width is another quality to factor in when finding the perfect tree for an individual home. It takes about 15 years of growth until a Christmas tree is the average size to be cut for Christmas, Brock said.

P & J's in Rogers Heights also is selling five types of trees this year. Co-owner Patrick Aymar said firs are the tree of choice, while spruces are becoming less popular.

"We only do a dozen trees at a time," Aymar said. "We've done a dozen of the nice Frasers that are very beautiful, fresh and local. Next week, I'll be getting another variety and small ones each week from 5 feet to 10 feet. We also carry five sizes of wreaths. We've been selling trees and wreaths for about seven years now."

The business receives its trees from local owners. Live potted trees are available as well, which Aymar said sell better than the pre-cut trees.

"People are thinking outside of the box and want to plant their Christmas tree each year," he added. "People are catching onto it."

Although tree-buying season is slightly shorter this year due to a late Thanksgiving, businesses selling the evergreens are in good spirits.

"We're hoping this season is a good one," Brock added. "So far, it's been good. We're hoping to continue that."

Keep real Christmas trees watered

By Lonnie Allen

Herald Review Staff Writer

REED CITY — Evergreens of all types, sizes and textures are making their way into the homes of residents across the county to be decorated with lights, ornaments, ribbon, garland and more in the celebration of the Christmas season.

A number of locations, large and small, offer pre-cut options, and, for the more particular, the opportunity for patrons to choose and cut their own tree.

Duddles Tree Farm, located at 21309 Sylvan Road in Reed City, offer both and have more than six types of Christmas trees available for purchase. During the first couple of weekends after Thanksgiving is the busiest time of the year, with the farm seeing about 250 people and selling about 100 trees in one day.

"We have Fraser fir, Douglas fir, concolor fir, blue spruce, white pine and scotch pine, but we also offer other kinds, like balsam fir and grand fir, but those are exclusive," said Duddles Tree Farm secretary Erika Brock. "Our most popular are Fraser fir and I would say Douglas fir, and then next would be blue spruce. People usually get the same type of tree every year."

With each tree comes different characteristics, such as soft or sharp needles and stiff or flexible branches. Height and width is another quality to factor in when finding the perfect tree for an individual home. It takes about 15 years of growth until a Christmas tree is the average size to be cut for Christmas, Brock said.

P & J's in Rogers Heights also is selling five types of trees this year. Co-owner Patrick Aymar said firs are the tree of choice, while spruces are becoming less popular.

"We only do a dozen trees at a time," Aymar said. "We've done a dozen of the nice Frasers that are very beautiful, fresh and local. Next week, I'll be getting another variety and small ones each week from 5 feet to 10 feet. We also carry five sizes of wreaths. We've been selling trees and wreaths for about seven years now."

The business receives its trees from local owners. Live potted trees are available as well, which Aymar said sell better than the pre-cut trees.

"People are thinking outside of the box and want to plant their Christmas tree each year," he added. "People are catching onto it."

Although tree-buying season is slightly shorter this year due to a late Thanksgiving, businesses selling the evergreens are in good spirits.

"We're hoping this season is a good one," Brock added. "So far, it's been good. We're hoping to continue that."