Christmas Trees


The Christmas tree is one of the most iconic symbols of the holiday season. The dark green needles and smell of fresh cut wood brings a piece of nature right into your living room. The lights, bows and ornaments that you hang are a reflection of your own personality and bridge past memories with new holiday experiences. At Fort Collins Nursery, we understand the importance of picking out that perfect tree and our dedicated staff will brave the snow and the cold to help you find it!

This year our tree lot features native Alpine Fir and Lodgepole Pines that are harvested in the Rocky Mountains, as well as plantation grown Scotch Pine and Fraser Fir from Minnesota. Each tree is cut fresh by our trusted suppliers and varies in size, ranging anywhere from petite table toppers to elegant giants.

This year’s first batch of fresh cut trees should arrive just in time for our Holiday Hoopla Sale beginning November 20th. 

Subalpine Fir

Subalpine Fir are popular Christmas trees that grow wild throughout high-elevation forests and are often identified by dark purple cones that stand upright in the tops of the trees. The trees are slender and spire-like with short, dense, and rigid branches that reach out horizontally giving it a shelf-like appearance. Its nicely spaced branches are great for displaying your ornaments and are strong enough to hold the weight of heavier decorations. Their needles are short, soft, flexible, and curve upward. Subalpine Fir are sought after as Christmas trees, but are relatively harder to find due to harvesting challenges at higher elevations.

Lodgepole Pine

Lodgepole Pines have long been a local favorite because of their distinct Colorado look. Their pine cones are still attached as a beautiful reminder of their place in our local ecosystem. The trees are straight and narrow with upwards pointing branches. They showcase long, luscious green needles that cluster near the ends of the branches and maintain a festive pine scent throughout the season. Lodgepole Pines offer tremendous needle retention making them ideal for those who like to kick off the holiday season early and extend it past the new year.

Scotch Pine

Scotch Pines are one of the most common Christmas trees in the U.S. The trees feature stiff, hardy branches with one inch long, bright green needles. Scotch Pines are resistant to dropping needles and will hold them for four weeks, even when dry. The needles are sharp so you’ll want to wear a pair of gloves when moving them. The branches are open leaving more room to hang and display ornaments. Scotch Pines have an excellent survival rate in nature and are easy to re-plant making them a good sustainable option.

Fraser Fir

Fraser Firs are considered by many to be the perfect holiday tree. They offer great needle retention and produce a fresh, citrusy fragrance throughout the season. Their soft needles are half an inch long, with a dark green surface and a silvery underside. Their firm, hardy branches turn slightly upward, showing off this wonderful color combination. Because Fraser Firs grow in near-perfect triangles, they offer stunning views from any angle and their branch spacing provides your favorite ornaments an open place to rest. Frasier Firs are a great choice for those seeking a compact tree, because their needle length looks good in proportion to the smaller sizes. 

Living Trees

Looking for something different this year? Bring home a potted living tree to display on your porch or patio. A living tree can be brought indoors to decorate the week of Christmas and returned to the great outdoors to await spring planting.

Please observe the following guidelines:

  • Your potted living Christmas tree should be kept in a cool, shady location protected from severe winds until you bring it into your home.
  • The tree should not be kept in your home for more than 5 to 7 days.
  • Use only small cool “twinkle” lights, not large outdoor lights that produce heat.
  • After Christmas, either plant the tree in the ground, place it in an unheated building, or put it in a protected location outdoors, preferably with a mulch such as leaves around the container to insulate the roots and keep the soil temperature stable.
  • Water the tree periodically (once a month) if the soil ball is not frozen.
  • Plant the tree in your landscape in the spring when the ground has thawed.

This year’s first batch of fresh cut trees should arrive just in time for our Holiday Hoopla Sale beginning November 20th. 

Originally published on November 1st, 2018. Updated on November 5th, 2021.