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Selecting a Locally Grown Christmas Tree Makes for a Great Family Outing


The holiday season is in full swing, and Upstate residents have started the countdown to Christmas Day. A thought that comes to mind early in the going is where to find a good place to get that “perfect” Christmas tree. Fortunately, there are a number of great choices in the Greenville area from which to choose – and even more fortunately, buying a freshly cut, heavenly-scented Christmas tree that is grown in South Carolina also enhances our local economy.

Perhaps surprisingly to some, South Carolina is home to a large number of Christmas tree farms. While the ever-popular Fraser fir cannot be grown in the state (our neighbor to the north has the market cornered on that variety, which requires the extensive cold weather that comes with elevations exceeding 3,500 feet to thrive), South Carolina Christmas tree farms grow a large variety of trees that have long been popular throughout the South.

The Virginia Pine is the most popular of the locally grown trees. Native to the Upper Piedmont and mountain regions, the Virginia Pine is sturdy, long-lasting, and has a wonderful pine scent that fills homes with an aroma that is guaranteed to trigger a lifetime of Christmas memories.

The Leyland Cypress is another excellent choice among locally grown favorites. This long-lasting tree offers a unique feature – it hangs on to its needles, so no shedding! This trait, along with a wonderful, fresh scent, makes the Leyland Cypress a popular choice.

The White Pine, native to the entire east coast of North America well up into Canada, is also grown by local Christmas tree farms. South Carolina is one of only a few southern states to grown this popular tree. It offers a great pine scent, is longlasting, and is a great choice for those who want to bring the natural world that lies just outside the window into the home.

Local growers also offer the Eastern Red Cedar. While some might not be interested in this deliciously aromatic tree because of its prickly needles, others are drawn to it just for that reason. The prickly nature of this tree often helps deter young children and most pets from seeking out any “up close and personal” experiences, thereby eliminating injuries to the children or pets (and damage to the tree and heirloom ornaments) in the process.

A less prickly relative of the Eastern Red Cedar, the Carolina Sapphire, features an elegant blue color, lovely scent, and softer-to-the-touch needles than most cedars.

In the Spartanburg area, all of these trees, as well as fresh wreaths, garland, bows, and tree stands, can be found at a number of farms. Christmas Hill Tree Farm, located at 150 Riverside Drive in Chesnee, as White Pines, Virginia Pines, Leyland Cypress, and Red Cedars for purchase. The farm is open 9AM-dark, and wholesale is available. Take Rainbow Lake Road out of Boiling Springs, SC. Go 5 miles & follow signs. For more information, call (864) 592-2764 or visit www.christmashilltreefarm.com

Cooley Springs Tree Farm at 287 Shields Rd in Chesnee is offering Leyland Cypress, White Pine, Virginia Pine this holiday season. Choose and cut your own tree, or purchase wholesale. Tree shop Monday - Saturday, 9am-5:30pm, or on Sunday, 1pm-5:30pm, through December 20. To reach the farm, take Business I-85 at Exit #6 in Spartanburg, get on Hwy #9 North and go 1 mile. Then take a right onto Parris Bridge Road; continue for 8 miles and follow the signs. For more info, contact Harold Shields at (864) 461-7948.

Wooden Shoe Farm in Pauline is a great place to find choose-and-cut trees and fresh wreaths. Choose from Virginia Pine, White Pine, Cedar, Leyland Cypress, and Carolina Sapphire. Hours are Sun-Fri, 1 PM - 5 PM; Sat, 10 AM - 5 PM. The farm is 6 miles south of Pauline, SC;, turn east onto Fields Road and continue ¾ mile. Driveway 1002 is on the right. For more information, contact Gordon L. Towe, Jr. (Chip) at (864) 429-5905

For fresh handmade wreaths from Fraser and mixed greenery, cut-your-own trees, and wagon rides to and from the fields, visit Christmas Pines Tree Farm in at 5602 Hwy 39 in Mountville. Choose from fresh-cut Fraser Fir (6' to 10'), field-grown White Pine, Virginia Pine, Carolina Sapphire and Red Cedar (5' to 10') ready to cut, Leyland Cypress (5' to 16') cut trees, and Ball & Burlap live trees (5' to 10'). Hours are 9AM-6PM, Monday - Saturday, and wholesale is available. From Laurens, take Hwy 221 south to Cold Point. Turn left on Hwy 39. Farm is 4 miles on left. Watch for signs. From Clinton, take Hwy 72 South to Mountville. Turn right on Mountville Road at Mountville Baptist Church. At the intersection of Hwy 39, turn left. Farm is 7/10 mile on left. Watch for signs. For more information, call Dale T. Taylor at (864) 994-4851, or email [email protected]

(Image provided by Jennifer Amann.)



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