(Nov 19 – Dec 23)
Monday-Thursday, 12-8pm CHRISTMAS EVE = 9AM-12PM
Friday-Sunday, 9am-8pm (cut-your-own fields close each day at 4:30)
10970 43rd Street North
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
4452 Lake Elmo Ave North
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Selecting a Tree
Selecting the “right” Christmas tree is different for each customer. The “right” tree is dependent by a number of different factors. Generally those factors boil down to the correct height (measure your ceilings beforehand!), how long you want the tree to last, what your budget is, what type of ornaments you have, and tree style preference (full, thin, open, wide). Ask us what tree is right for YOU!
Here are some common characteristics and photos of the trees we sell. The types of trees we sell each year depends on our crop rotations so please review our Info Sheet for what’s available each season.
Balsams are generally the most popular tree. They have short dark green needles that are soft to the touch. Balsams have the strongest pine scent. Needle retention is good to excellent. Balsam branches are strong and can support many types and weights of ornaments.
Frasers are known as the “cadillac” of Christmas trees. They have the best needle retention and great smell, but are generally priced higher than other species. The branches of Frasers are commonly more “open” and are quite strong, making them a good choice for ornaments. Frasers also have soft, dark green needles with a silvery underside.
Canaans are relatively new to the tree market. They can be best desribed as a cross between a Balsam and a Fraser. Canaans have a strong fragrance like the Balsam but also have good needle retention like a Fraser. The needles are very similar to Frasers in terms of color and pattern.
White Pines have soft branches and needles. The needles are considered to be “long” (2″-4″). White Pines are generally “full” in terms of tree thickness. They also have a great pine scent and excellent needle retention.
Scotch are generally a full and bushy tree with medium-length needles. The needle colors vary between grean to blue-green. Needle retention is above average. One downside to Scotch is that they often have crooked trunks.
Spruce (Blue and White)
Spruce are a seen as the traditional tree. The coloring varies by tree, ranging from powdery blue to a dark green color. Spruce have excellent needle retention and strong, stiff branches. They also have VERY prickly needles which can make them hard to handle or decorate.
The Norway Pine is State Tree of Minnesota. It has long, dark green needles. Norways are commonly full in shape and have strong branches. They also have excellent needle retention.
There are several new tree species that we have begun planting. The two primary species are the Siberian Fir and Korean Fir. The Siberians have soft needles and a distinctive “citrus” and pine smell. The Koreans have rich green needles and often have branches with multiple layers. Both of these firs have excellent needle retention. Other varieties will be coming in the near future!