McClures

Christmas Trees

Tree Types
 
We offer a variety of pre-cut or cut-your-own Christmas trees. The three most popular types we sell are:
Balsam Fir: The Balsam Fir is a beautiful dark-green color with sturdy branches whose needles are not too sharp to decorate easily. It has an attractive form, it holds its needles well, and gives off a pleasant fragrance for your home. Balsam Fir
Fraser Fir: The Fraser Fir may be the perfect holiday tree. Its attractive 1" needles are silvery-green and soft to the touch. Because there is space between the branches, the Fraser is easier to decorate than some trees. The firm branches hold heavier ornaments. The trees grow to almost perfect shapes, and as long as the cut tree is kept properly watered, the Frasier Fir has excellent needle retention. Fraser Fir
Blue Spruce: A Colorado Blue Spruce has a nice pyramidal shape with strong limbs that can hold heavy ornaments. The Blue Spruce is known for its lovely blue foliage which can also appear silvery. Blue Spruce
Season
 
We start cutting trees the week of Thanksgiving and bring in new trees on a weekly basis. This process ensures you're getting the very freshest trees when you arrive at our farm. We continue to sell trees right up to Christmas day, so if you're a last minute shopper that's okay.
Selecting and Caring For a Christmas Tree
 
We've been proud members of both the Maine Christmas Tree Association and National Christmas Tree Association for over 20 years. Here are a few helpful hints on selecting and caring for a tree, courtesy of the NCTA:
  • Do a freshness test. Gently grasp a branch between your thumb and forefinger and pull it toward you. Very few needles should come off in your hand if the tree is fresh. Shake or bounce the tree on its stump. You should not see an excessive amount of green needles fall to the ground. Some loss of interior brown needles is normal and will occur over the lifetime of the tree.

  • Once you've chosen your tree, keep it in a sheltered, unheated area such as a porch or garage to protect it from the wind and sun until you are ready to decorate it.

  • Before you set up your tree, make a fresh, straight cut across the base of the trunk (about a quarter inch up from the original cut) and place the tree in a tree stand that holds a gallon of water or more.

  • Warning: Keep the tree stand filled with water. A seal of dried sap will form over the cut stump in four to six hours if the water drops below the base of the tree, preventing the tree from absorbing water later when the tree stand is refilled. If a seal does form, another fresh cut will need to be made.

  • A tree will absorb as much as a gallon of water or more in the first 24 hours and one or more quarts a day thereafter. Water is important because it prevents the needles from drying and dropping off and the boughs from drooping. Water also keeps the tree fragrant.

  • In addition, keep your tree away from heat and draft sources like fireplaces, radiators and television sets. Test your light cords and connections before hanging them on the tree to make sure they're in good working order. You don't want to use cords with cracked insulation or broken or empty sockets. Also be sure to unplug the lights before you go to bed or leave the house. Never overload electrical circuits.
Direct link: MCTA Tree Information
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McClure's Tree Nursery
251 Salem Rd
Kingfield, Maine 04947
Phone: 207-265-4931