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Posted December 11, 2014 at 10:15 pm

-I apologize in advance if this is at all offensive to anyone who does not celebrate their holidays with a Christmas Tree.

I am just getting around to getting a tree for my living room, and have been thinking outside the box a bit. Does anyone in the ACS use tropical conifers as Christmas trees?

Having a tropical conifer as a house plant on the porch in the summer, and a Christmas tree in the winter would eliminate cutting wild trees and buying plastic ones. Could anyone recommend species that would be good for this? Norfolk Island Pine and Wollemi Pine come to mind immediately. What tropical species would trim into conical Pinaceae looking Christmas trees? Norfolks seem to almost have the opposite shape; they seem to get wider at the top when small and indoors.

This may also be a fun post for our FB page! Maybe change Christmas to Holiday Tree?

Thanks everyone, and happy holidays!

Clay

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Posted December 12, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Oh absolutely you could use anything you want! In California we are not so traditional as we have no snow in most parts of the state, so we decorate all kinds of things. For your purposes, a Wollemia would be cool if you could find one. Or a Podocarpus perhaps. We would just suggest (as our recent Facebook post notes) that if you want a living tree make sure you know what it wants to do after the few days that you have it indoors!

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Posted December 12, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Thank you, Sara! Great point about looking into the specific plant’s needs. I will check out the FB link as well.

Clay

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Posted December 13, 2014 at 6:32 am

I will have 6 tropical conifers decorated for Christmas this year: Monkey Puzzle, Wollemia, 2 Norfolks, a Monterey cypress and a Bengal cypress. These trees will not survive Michigan’s winters. However, they happily live indoors. It pains me to see large, beautiful conifers cut for use for just a short time as Christmas trees. It all started long ago in Germany when trees were harvested from the forests. Now, there are tree farms to feed the demand for the most perfect trees. On Twitter, I have recommended that container conifers be rescued from nurseries for use at Christmas. I have also provided information for bringing the tree into the house and then for re-acclimating the tree back outside after the holidays. I have done this for years. My motto: “Save a tree this Christmas!”

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Posted December 15, 2014 at 5:23 pm

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Posted December 15, 2014 at 5:24 pm

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Posted December 15, 2014 at 5:25 pm

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Posted December 15, 2014 at 5:32 pm

I just posted three photos of Ron Elardo’s tropical conifer Christmas trees. Very creative! These trees live indoors year-round in Ron’s Michigan climate. Come to the 2015 National Meeting and see them planted outside! 🙂

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Posted December 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Yeah, the Monkey Puzzle will have to be taken horizontally out of my plant room when it gets too tall. Here it is December and the tree is sprouting new growth.

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Posted December 15, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Ron December is midsummer where it comes from!

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