The Five Most Popular Christmas Trees

Number Five: The Noble Fir (Abies Procera)

Each holiday season consumers hunt for just the right Christmas tree. Every year, 20-35 million living Christmas trees are sold in the US (National Christmas Tree Association). The high demand for Christmas trees has even lead to the creation of Christmas Tree Farms (15,000 in fact), whole farms devoted to growing trees used specifically for Christmas. And, for those of you in California, you can now even rent a living tree.

noble firIt can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of 6-7 feet. So the next time you’re decorating your tree, be sure to appreciate every needle it has to offer. We’ll dedicate the next few posts to the five most popular Christmas trees, starting with number five: the Noble Fir.

This rich blue-green tree has short needles that turn upward, exposing its branches. As a result, the stiff branches make it a fine tree for heavy ornaments. Noble Firs come in full and bushy to open layered varieties and can grow to more than 200 feet in height. Because they love moist soil, they’re most commonly found in the Cascade Range and the Coast Ranges of the Pacific Northwest of Washington and Oregon, and southwestern Canada.

Noble Firs are also used to make wreaths, door swags, and garland, with a stimulating pine scent that will fill your entryway. When these trees aren’t used for Christmas they make an excellent windbreak or privacy fence.

Looking for a tree seller in your area? Check out The National Christmas Tree Association‘s tree locator tool for a Christmas tree farm in your area.

Tell us about the tree you selected in our comments section below.

We plant the trees. You wear the love.

Jungle LoveJust in time for the holidays, we’re offering a new 12 month membership that plants 10 trees in a threatened rain forest and includes our new Rain Forest Rescue t-shirt for free. This is a great membership option for those who want to help preserve our precious rain forests.

Our earth’s rain forests cover only 2% of the planet. Yet they are home to more than half of the world’s plant and animal species, including 70% of the plants used for medicines that fight cancer. Your donation will help restore our earth’s rain forests for future generations.

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Similar to our other memberships, you’ll receive a free subscription to our bimonthly newsletter, Arbor Day. Arbor Day is a gardener’s handbook and tree information guide in one. You will also receive a 33% discount on more than 100 trees and shrubs, and a copy of The Tree Book— our catalog with planting and care instructions.

The Arbor Day Foundation and our partners have now engaged in 59 Rain Forest Rescue projects in eight countries. The pleasure knowing that your donation will help to provide valuable education and sustainable economic incentives for farmers to preserve and restore rain forests through green agroforestry initiatives — such as shade-grown Arbor Day Specialty Coffee production, for one example — is remarkable.

In addition, Rain Forest Rescue is supporting an effort in Madagascar to reverse the destruction of forest habitat that is home to critically endangered lemurs and other wildlife species found nowhere else on earth.

women of madagascarOne of these initiatives employs a group of single mothers who earn income through weeding in the nurseries, preparing compost, and transplanting seedlings into the areas of reforestation.

The Ready Women,” as they call themselves, are transforming entire communities. One such example is that of Suzanne Boahariva, the mother of seven children who can now send her youngest to school with the income earned from the reforestation project.  Additionally, the reforestation project is restoring habitat for lemurs, and other animals that depend on the rain forest.

With the generous support of Arbor Day Foundation members, we’ve made a commitment to plant 250,000 trees in Madagascar each year.

Moreover, your membership donation helps fund programs like Tree City USA, Nature Explore and Replanting our National Forests.

amazon rain forestYou can sign up by mail, online, or by phone when you call our member service department at 1-888-448-7337. To sweeten the deal, we’ll send a free red maple tree with any order from the tree book.

With your membership donation of $20 or more you can help restore a tropical rain forest and receive a free Rain Forest Rescue t-shirt.

We plant the trees. You wear the love. Become an Arbor Day Foundation member today.

 

#TreeCityUSATuesday

Boise ID

CityBoise—the capital city and most populous in Idaho—is home to more than 200,000 people. Boise also happens to be home to one of the largest Basque communities outside of the Basque Region in Northern Spain, offering cultural influences to this western city. Surrounded by mountains and connected to bike trails, exploring the city has never been more encouraged.

Boise’s urban forest encompasses more than 23,000 publicly managed trees. The city’s forest removes nearly 7,000 pounds of air pollutants annually, providing cleaner air for its residents to enjoy. In addition, the city’s urban forest saves $331,000 in energy costs.

Furthermore, Boise’s tree canopy reduces stormwater runoff by more than 19,000,000 gallons annually, saving the city nearly $100,000 in stormwater management costs. In fact, the average tree intercepts 827 gallons of stormwater runoff every year.

Boise’s urban forest provides the city with more than one million dollars in benefits both environmentally and aesthetically, resulting in a replacement value of $88,266,102.

Is your city worthy of Arbor Day Foundation #TreeCityUSATuesday recognition?  If so, please tell us about it!

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Cambridge, MA

Cambridge has received Tree City USA designation for 22 years and was awarded the Growth Award 9 times.

CambridgeMA[1]Cambridge is a city full of historical charm and academic achievements, home to two of the world’s most prominent universities: Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With a population of 100,000, Cambridge’s tree canopy brings a bit of warmth to this coastal town.

Cambridge has tree canopy coverage of 20% with more than 19,000 trees. The city’s urban forest removes as much as 171, 500 pounds of air pollution annually, saving the city $171,000 in air filtration costs.

In addition, the tree canopy collects 28.7 million gallons of stormwater runoff, saving $7.3 million that would otherwise be used in underground storage management.

Is your city worthy of Arbor Day Foundation #TreeCityUSATuesday recognition?  If so, please tell us about it!

Beneficiary Stories

Lost Pines Forest Community Tree Recovery Campaign

In 2011, wildfires devastated the Lost Pines Forest of Bastrop, Texas. The Bastrop County Complex fire was the most destructive wildfire in Texas history. Two people were killed by the fire, which destroyed 1,673 homes, 32,000 acres of land, 96% of Bastrop State Park, and inflicted an estimated $325 million of insured property damage.

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Credit: Joe Wolf, Flickr

The Arbor Day Foundation, through the generous support of our members and supporters, is working with our on-the-ground partners to bring back the loblolly pine trees that made the Lost Pines Forest one of the most unique and beautiful places in the world, and to bring hope and healing to the people that call Bastrop home.

Robert Horton, a retired real estate broker, has long embraced the importance of community. When his 10 acre property was ravaged by the fire that caused enormous damage to Bastrop, Texas, Robert was devastated. “While Bastrop is just a little bitty spot on the map to others, for us who live here, it is important to us. It is home.”

Recovery was top-of-mind to Robert and his neighbors in Bastrop, a community closely identified with the local Lost Pines Forest that was badly burned by the fire. The Arbor Day Foundation, working with partners on the ground, help Robert and Bastrop to restore hope and begin to heal by planting trees. 5,000 trees were planted on Robert’s 10 acres. He praised the Arbor Day Foundation and its partners. “They are a resource that is so valuable that you can’t put a number on it.”

full-08[1]What does the Arbor Day Foundation Community Tree Recovery program mean to Robert Horton?  “It means reclaiming my property.  I moved here for the forest, and now the forest is gone.  But everyone who puts one tree back in the ground helps to bring the Lost Pines back.”

When natural disasters strike, the loss of trees is devastating. Due to this great need for trees as a key component of community rebuilding and recovery, the Arbor Day Foundation developed the Community Tree Recovery Program.  This program is working to create a systematic response to disasters in communities nationwide. It helps restore a healthy community tree canopy and offers a positive engagement opportunity for residents across the country that want to be involved and support community tree recovery efforts.

In coordination and cooperation with state forestry agencies and key local partners, the Arbor Day Foundation brings national awareness and identifies financial resources to support the distribution of trees to communities in need.

Continued generous donations made by our members and supporters allow the Arbor Day Foundation to provide ongoing support to many important Community Tree Recovery campaigns. This coming spring provides new opportunities for restoring a sense of hope to communities recovering from disaster as the program continues to provide trees to areas devastated by hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.

full-01[1]The Arbor Day Foundation continues to plant trees and restore hope through Arbor Day Foundation Community Tree Recovery Program campaigns in Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey and Texas. By working closely with our Foundation partners to replant trees, we are also bringing healing and hope to local communities, families and individuals.

 

South Carolina Celebrates Arbor Day in December

South Carolina Celebrates Arbor Day in December

ArborWhile the National Arbor Day observance is celebrated on the last Friday in April, many states and municipalities have implemented state or locally recognized Arbor Days that reflect the best time for planting in their region.  One such state is South Carolina, which celebrates Arbor Day the first Friday in December.

Columbia

Columbia has received Tree City USA designation for 35 years. In addition, the University of South Carolina has been designated a Tree Campus USA for five years.

The State Forestry Commission and ArborGlen invite residents to visit the education center at Harbison State Forest for a day of hiking and presentations on wildlife. Attendees will also learn about fighting forest fires and have the opportunity to plant a longleaf pine seedling in the forest. ArborGlen is donating more than 75,000 seedlings to the College of Charleston Foundation to support forest conservation and restoration at Dixie Plantation near Charleston.red maple

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach has received Tree City USA designation for 18 years and has been awarded the Tree City USA Growth Award four times.

The city celebrated Arbor Day on Monday with a ceremonial planting at Grand Strand Medical Center in honor of the hospital’s former CEO Doug White. A red maple was planted in the lawn between the surgical wing and cardiac recovery area.

Arbor Day Specialty Coffee is A Unique and Memorable Holiday Gift that Gives Back

Did You Know  Every Cup Saves Irreplaceable Rain Forest and Supports Coffee Farming Families?

Celebrate this year’s holiday season with friends and loved ones while supporting conservation and tree planting with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation.

The Arbor Day Foundation offers a unique holiday giving opportunity with conservation benefits that will endure for generations, all made possible through the purchase of quality, sustainable, shade-grown Arbor Day Specialty Coffee.figure-shade-grown[1]

Protecting rain forests and farmers, Arbor Day Specialty Coffee is part of the Arbor Day Foundation Rain Forest Rescue program. Each cup helps to preserve irreplaceable rain forests that are home to many plant and animal species which are vital to our way of life. In addition, the purchase of Arbor Day Specialty Coffee helps to ensure a fair wage and access to healthcare and education for the coffee farming families in Latin America.

One example of rain forest farmers and families benefitting from Arbor Day Specialty coffee is that of Artemia Rojas Castillo. Artemia supports her Peruvian family by farming shade-grown coffee. She began growing coffee with her husband on their tree-covered farm at the foot of a mountain in Cajones, Peru, more than two decades ago. They worked hard together building their farm and nurturing their coffee plants in the shade of the rain forest so the crop could sustain them and their five children.

figure-artemia[1]When her husband passed away, Artemia continued on with coffee farming. Because of the higher price she earns for the superior shade-grown crop, she is able to support her family. “For us, it is a very important plant,” she said. “It brings us everything. We have all seen this. To take care of our children and educate them. It is the most important plant that we have.”

She sees coffee not only as a way to support her family. It is also vital to her community. “For all of the community, for them it is life. It is the plant that does everything for us. It’s food, it’s happiness–all of it. It is life.”

Artemia has a clear appreciation for the role the rain forest trees play in her coffee farm–shielding the plants from the harsh summer sun, providing nutrients and allowing the coffee to mature slowly for a richer flavor. She also understands the need to maintain the rain forest from a larger ecological standpoint as well. She spoke of the importance of conserving the trees and how her land is rich with birds that she enjoys hearing while she farms.

Two of Artemia’s children remain with her today, working beside her in the coffee fields. They will carry on the tradition of growing coffee under the canopy of the rain forest.

Arbor Day Specialty Coffee helps protect the planet’s critical remaining rain forests and the communities that call them home. Arbor Day Specialty Coffee makes a measureable difference to people and the planet.

#TreeCityUSATuesday

Cheyenne, WY

Cheyenne has received Tree City USA designation for 32 years and was awarded the Growth Award 16 times.

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Photo Courtesy of: Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce

Home to 62,000 people, Cheyenne is a cozy community with western flair, boasting the world’s largest outdoor rodeo. In addition to the array of western entertainment, Cheyenne also fosters an active lifestyle with more than 600 acres of park land (and tree canopy coverage of 24%) and 19,315 trees to explore.

Cheyenne’s urban forest saves the city more than $55,000 annually in stormwater management costs and accumulates $186,000 in energy savings. If you’re looking to enjoy fresh air then you’ll appreciate the 2.3 tons of pollutants that are removed annually, saving the city $8,000.

Whether you’re enjoying a stroll through the farmers market or a bike ride through the greenbelt, the city’s urban forest is something worth enjoying. In fact, it is valued at $34,596,242.

Is your city worthy of Arbor Day Foundation #TreeCityUSATuesday recognition?  If so, please tell us about it!

 

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Anchorage, AK

Anchorage has received Tree City USA designation for 8 years and was awarded the Growth Award eight times.

anchorage akHome to a population of 300,000 people, Anchorage offers breathtaking landscapes and unique wildlife not found elsewhere in North America. Forestlands are essential to the health and sustainability of the environment to the Anchorage community. In fact, the city has 59% tree canopy coverage, with 75% of that comprised from state parks and greenbelts.

Anchorage has dedicated nearly 14,000 acres to parks and greenbelts, including Chugach State Park—one of the four largest state parks in the US— and developed more than 250 miles of trails. In addition, the city has planted an estimated 30,000 street trees.

Anchorage’s forests remove 141 pounds of air pollutants annually and intercept nearly one million gallons of stormwater runoff. The city’s surroundings are adequate reason to relish the open air; whether you’re hiking through the Chugach Mountains or biking along trails, Anchorage inspires you to explore its forests.

Is your city worthy of Arbor Day Foundation #TreeCityUSATuesday recognition?  If so, please tell us about it!

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Boulder City, NV

Boulder City has received Tree City USA designation for 18 years.

boulder city nvWith a population of 15,000, Boulder City offers a quaint escape from the chaos of its neighbor to the northwest. Despite a desert climate, locals can stay cool under any of the city’s 1,300 trees, creating tree canopy coverage of 35%.

For tourists looking to take a break from Las Vegas, Boulder City offers hiking trails and outdoor sports, giving more reason to visit. The city’s urban forest saves the community almost $5,000 in air quality improvement annually, removing .3 tons of air pollutants.

In addition, Boulder City’s trees save the community as much as $3,000 in stormwater management by removing nearly 700,000 gallons in stormwater runoff every year. Homeowners appreciate the increase in property value, with benefits reaching $100,000. The replacement value of Boulder City’s urban forest would cost more than $5 million.

Is your city worthy of Arbor Day Foundation #TreeCityUSATuesday recognition?  If so, please tell us about it!