History & Philosophy of Christmas Trees

Jerry McAbee

As a Christmas Tree grower, and one whom thinks everyone should be as passionate about the Fraser fir Christmas Tree as I am, I want to share a little history and philosophy about this tree and my business.

The Fraser fir was named for a Scottish Botanist, John Fraser. He explored the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the late 1700's. The Fraser fir grows naturally only in the Southern Appalachian Mountains above 3,000 feet in elevation. The tree evolved in the cool temperatures and high rainfall. This is what allows the tree to keep its needles throughout the Christmas season.

These trees are planted and grown on plantations and cultivated just as any other crop. It takes an average of seven to ten years to produce and deliver the best tree that nature and nurture can provide. Some never make it as a Christmas tree; but they are utilized for other important purposes; such as, habitat for baby fish in lakes and ponds, wreath material, greenery, and even mulch for landscapes and gardens.

While these trees are growing, they consume huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. When they do this, they give off huge amounts of oxygen in return.

Artificial trees, on the other hand, uses valuable and non-renewable resources and produce tremendous amounts of carbon dioxide during their production process. The carbon footprint  is estimated to be at least 20 times that of a Fraser fir; and they are made in China, Korea, and Taiwan.

Real trees provide wildlife habitat while they are growing: Wild Turkey, Rabbits, Foxes, Quail, Deer, and Cougars are all found in and among Christmas Tree plantations. These trees also stabilize the soil and protect mountain watersheds. They are recyclable, renewable, and are replanted whenever one is cut.

As a full time tree farmer, I am constantly working to produce the finest tree that can possibly be grown. I do a lot of my own research to constantly try to improve the quality of my trees and that of the environment. I use a system of natural pest control methods that utilizes appropriate growing techniques to reduce pests. This reduces the amount of pesticides going into the atmosphere and saves money in the long run.  Since good, high quality land is becoming scarcer; I am very conscious of potentially soil depleting practices, and take very precaution to avoid them. Soil is my primary resource; without high quality soil, most efforts to grow the perfect tree would be futile.

My goal is to utilize and incorporate these natural growing techniques to provide my customers with the best tree that can be grown at a competitive price and to follow up sales with service that my customers deserve.

After that, their success is my success.

Jerry McAbee

Where quality comes the standard...