Because of the hot summers and warm nights, there are a limited number of Christmas trees that can be grown in Texas. Here are the most common trees you’ll see grown on a Texas Christmas tree farm:
The most common Christmas tree in the south, Virginia Pine (Pinus Virginianan) is a short-needled pine with pleasant pine fragrance, dense foliage and strong limbs for those heavy ornaments you want to feature.
Often found in west Texas, the Afghan Pine (Eldarica) looks a lot like the Virginia Pine. It has a mild fragrance and sturdy branches that are spread further apart, giving it a more open appearance than the Virginia Pine.
Allergic to trees? We have a solution for you! This tree is a hybrid of an Alaska-Cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis) and a Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) – meaning there is no pollen to irritate those sensitive to tree pollen. Just make sure to rinse your tree off with a hose when you get home to rid it of other pollens. Another benefit? This popular tree is dense with short needles and, if kept in water, will outlast any other Christmas tree without leaving needles on the floor.
Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) is the traditional native Christmas tree that many southerners remember from their childhood. The red cedar is quite dense, has outstanding aroma, a pleasant green color and a natural "Christmas tree" shape.
Carolina Sapphire is a cultivar of Arizona cypress (Cupressus arizonica). Grown on a limited basis across the South, its best characteristics include fast growth, a beautiful blue color and an excellent aroma.