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.

 

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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!

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.

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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.

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Mandeville, LA

Mandeville has received Tree City USA designation for 19 years and has been awarded the Growth Award six times.

7 seven sisters live oakMandeville offers locals a blend of urban living and wooded landscapes. Located north of New Orleans and accessible via the world’s largest bridge—Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge—Mandeville embraces a more serene lifestyle than its southern neighbor. Home to more than 12,000 residents and 151,000 trees, Mandeville demonstrates that it’s possible for communities of any size to have a dense urban forest.

Residents can take shade under the city’s 41 percent tree canopy to enjoy some of the community’s lakeside views or enjoy fresh air. Mandeville’s tree canopy removes more than 103 tons of air pollution annually and reduces energy costs from residential buildings by $81,000.

Additionally, Mandeville harbors the country’s oldest Southern live oak tree—Seven Sisters Oak. The tree is estimated to be 1,500 years old and reaches more than 68 ft in height.

Mandeville’s tree canopy is valued at $766 million. As we’ve described, placing an importance on community forestry benefits the city in many ways.

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Sacramento, CA

Sacramento has been designated a Tree City USA community for 37 years and Growth Award Recipient 10 years.

Sacramento CAWith a population of nearly 500,000, the capital of California is making a name for itself in urban and community forestry. The city’s urban forestry section manages more than 100,000 trees. The city estimates that by doubling its urban canopy, its trees will reduce air pollution by as much as 50 percent, removing as much as 10 million pounds of air pollutants annually.

With a tree canopy coverage at 17 percent, some estimate that the city has more trees per capita than any other major city in the world[1]

Local non-profit The Sacramento Tree Foundation has contributed to the city’s urban forest tremendously, planting 13,000 trees annually on private property in conjunction with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District —a recognized Tree Line USA for 14 years—and the help of volunteers.

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

[1] http://www.sactree.com/news/83