Christmas Trees

Seasons Greetings from the Johnstons!!

Trees are very beneficial in our environmental and fortunately they are totally renewable.


Fraser Fir – Balsam Fir

Fir needles are shiny and dark green about 1 inch long and occur singly on the twig. The needle is flat and will not roll between thumb and forefinger. The twig or branch where needles have fallen is smooth.

White Spruce

The needles of white spruce are ½ inch to 1 inch long, dark green to blue-green in colour and occur singly on the twig. The needle is 4 sided and can be rolled between the thumb and forefinger. Twigs or branches from which needles have fallen are rough.

Selecting Your Tree

Identify the species.

Measure the height (poles supplied).

Determine the level above ground at which to cut (saws supplied).

Leave an 8 -12 inch handle on the tree.

Some pruning can be done after the tree is down.

Leave 3 or more branches on the stump and a new tree will grow on the same stump. There are many examples in our plantation!

Care of Your Tree

Store the tree outside until it is time to put it up.

Cut one inch off the butt.

When the tree is up and before decorating, anchor the tree with fine wire or strong string so it can’t fall down.

Keep water in the tree stand continuously; if butt is out of water, an air lock will develop in the vessels and up-take of water will stop. The tree then dries quickly.

Real Tree Facts

This page has been assembled to provide answers to your questions regarding Real Christmas Trees:
Why should I choose a REAL Christmas tree?
There is nothing like a natural Christmas tree to enjoy at Christmas time. The look, the scent and the very feel of a REAL tree are integral parts of the warm, homey atmosphere of our most festive season. Choosing the perfect tree is a cherished tradition in many families. Whether you visit a retail lot or join the tens of thousands who treasure their annual visit to a choose-and-cut farm, you will enjoy knowing that your natural Christmas tree is great for the environment and provides employment for thousands of Canadians!
Am I harming the forest by choosing a real tree?
Definitely not! Christmas trees do not come from the forest! Almost everywhere in North America and for sure in Ontario, Christmas trees are grown as a crop on tree farms. For every tree harvested, there are ten more coming along, otherwise the farmer could not harvest each year.
Is tree farming harmful to our environment?
NO! Christmas trees are, except for cultivated forests, the most environmentally friendly crop around. This is because a tree is harvested only after ten years. To ensure future harvests, ninety percent of the farm must remain in trees all the time.
How are real Christmas trees beneficial to our environment?
Just one acre of Christmas trees produces enough oxygen to support eighteen people. In the process, CO2 is taken out of the atmosphere, counteracting the production of CO2 resulting from human use of fossil fuels. Trees also act as air pollution filters and can remove up to 13 tons of airborne pollutants per acre per year. Christmas tree farms are havens for a wide variety of bird and mammal species including grosbeaks, sparrows, chickadees, foxes, coyotes, mice, voles, and squirrels. The “edge effect” created by a stand of Christmas trees next to a woodlot or an open field is known to increase wildlife species diversity.