Christmas Tree-onomics

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We've been conducting a (very) informal poll about what WNYC listeners are paying for their Christmas trees this year. John Roundcity, Foreman at SoHo Trees (stationed around the corner from WNYC headquarters), and Galen Parke, tree farmer and seller for Adam Parke Trees, break down the economics of the pop-up Christmas tree industry.

Looking for the perfect Christmas tree? Here are some tips from our guests on how to evaluate your potential purchase:

  • Smell?  The smell of any tree depends on how recently it was cut, how it was stored, etc. Galen says the most aromatic variety is the balsam fir, while John says the Douglas fir and grand fir smell like grapefruit. Every tree is unique! 
  • Freshness?  Look for "late fresh cut" trees - the leaves should appear fresh and their smell will be pungent. Another give-away for recently cut trees is their weight; they should still be heavy with water or sap. 
  • Live vs. cut?  Some farms choose to partially cut their trees which allows the stump to regrow much faster than planting a new tree. Others sell trees complete with their roots. This one's entirely up to your preference.
  • Price?  It varies greatly depending on neighborhood. Don't be afraid to haggle! Our guests say they're willing to work with people to find the best tree for their budget. One caller claims that $10/foot is the standard.

Already bought a tree? Contribute to our informal tree map and help us get a sense of block-to-block differences.