If you’re the type of person that buys live Christmas trees each year, chances are you already have your favorite place to buy them. This guide not only mentions local places to buy your Christmas trees in Greenville, SC for those of you who are new to the area, but also tips on how to select your tree, maintain its freshness, and what to do with it once the holiday season is over.
Selecting a Fresh Tree
- Grasp a branch between your thumb and forefinger and pull toward you. Very few needles will come off if the tree is fresh.
- Take a few needles and bend them. If they spring back, the tree is fresh.
- Hit the trunk of the tree on the ground. If green needles fall off the tree, it is not fresh.
- Trees still connected to their roots will be fresh and full of water. Shake the tree to see if any green needles fall. After that, break a few needles and check for fragrance.
- Frasier firs, pines, and Leyland cypress will stay fresh longer than other trees. Cedars and cultivars of Arizona cypress stay fresh for a shorter period of time.
Source: Clemson Cooperative Extension
Where to Buy Your Tree
- Opens Saturday, November 18th
- Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
- Sunday: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Special Thanksgiving Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Garland: $2 or $3 per foot
- Wreaths: $20 to $60
- Trees: $40 and up
- 9029 Old White Horse Rd, Greenville, SC 29617
- 7 varieties including Carolina Sapphire, Blue Ice, Virginia Pine, Fraiser Fur, Eastern Red Cedar, White Pine, and Leyland Cypress
- You may cut them down on your own or receive help
- Monday-Saturday: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
- Closed Sunday
- $40 and up
- 3702 Wade Hampton Boulevard, Taylors, SC 29687
- Precut North Carolina Fraiser Furs
- Opening day: Thanksgiving Day 11/23 from 12:00 pm until 5:15 pm
- Sunday-Thursday: 1:00 pm to 5:15 pm
- Friday-Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:15 pm
- 156 Cooley Bridge Road, Pelzer, SC 29669
- 5 varieties including Virginia Pine, Eastern Red Cedar, Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire, and Fraiser furs
- Fraiser furs are pre-cut and all other trees require cutting (saws provided)
How to Keep Your Tree Fresh
- Wrap the tree for the trip home
- Recut the stem on the tree if the last time it was cut was more than an hour long
- Water your Christmas tree regularly, using plain water
- Place your tree in an appropriate spot away from heating vents, cold drafts, and strong direct sunlight
Source: Gardening Know How
Where to Recycle Your Tree
City residents may leave their Christmas trees on the curbside for free pick-up. All trees must be free of debris such as ornaments, tinsel, ribbons and lights to be recycled. For residents not in the city limits, you may drop off your tree at these four locations:
- Holmes Park (Twin Lake Road & Holmes Drive)
- Timmons Park (Oxford Street & Blackburn Street)
- Gower Park (Laurel Creek Lane & Laurens Road)
- West Greenville Community Center (8 Rochester Street)