Real Christmas Trees - The Natural Choice in the Pacific Northwest

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree



If you live in the Pacific Northwest, chances are you’ve used real Christmas trees in your home. Real Christmas trees are a renewable, recyclable resource and can represent a better option than artificial trees. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and possible metal toxins, such as lead. 


Regardless, of which real Christmas tree you choose, keep in mind you’re not “killing a tree.” Instead, you’re taking advantage of one of our area’s great resources. Real Christmas trees represent a green and renewable industry in both Oregon and Washington ( The Evergreen State).


A Noble or Nordmann?


We're getting our trees this week for our Multi-gen home in Camas. It's always an exciting adventure for us. Searching for the perfect specimen is subjective. While we prefer narrow, tall trees, others prefer full-shaped trees.  We also have a lot of varieties to choose from in the Pacific Northwest.  These are the most common choices. 

  • Grand Fir - 
  • Douglas Fir -
  • Noble -
  • Nordmann-
  • Frasier -
  • Scotch Pine - 

We normally choose either a Noble or a Nordmann. Both trees have sturdy branches capable of holding a variety of ornaments. The Noble is the most popular in the northwest and tends to retain its needles longer than the Grand or Douglas fir trees. 

Nordmann firs are a relatively new tree to the U.S. They are similar to Nobles, but most growers agree Nordmanns have the best needle retention of all other trees. It's become our personal favorite. 


We'll share a photo once we find this year's perfect tree! 




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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.

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Camas, WA  98607





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Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Thank you for sharing this great information with all of us at Active Rain.

Have a great day 12/04/2017.

Dec 04, 2017 07:51 AM #6
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Debb and Bernie

We always have a real tree and look forward to the choosing - sometimes it's easy, sometimes not. It's on the list for this week.


Dec 04, 2017 08:04 AM #7
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

There's nothing like a REAL tree and here on Long Island we have farms where you can choose your tree and have it cut right in front of you. They also supplyfree hot chocolate too!

Dec 04, 2017 08:37 AM #8
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I haven't had the joy of a real Christmas Tree or any Christmas tree since I lived in Illionois. Identifying the right one is such a thorough process. Choosing the right one takes time. Bringing it home is exciting. Decorating it and putting presents under the tree; then sharing gifts with family is what Christmas is all about. 

Dec 04, 2017 09:00 AM #9
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Oh Debb & Bernie - how I miss going to the forest and looking for the perfect tree in CO. It was such fun!

Dec 04, 2017 02:33 PM #10
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, I love the smell and the look of a real Christmas tree but Buster thinks it's for him to jump on so no real tree in my home. I do get a small one for the counter though, he doesn't jump on the counters thank goodness.  

Dec 04, 2017 04:51 PM #11
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Debb, Thanks for sharing this post.  I agree, there is nothing better than a freshly cut real Christmas Tree.

Dec 04, 2017 07:58 PM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

It is one of our best crops that we harvest each fall.

I use to sit and watch as a ship would pull in to Apra Harbor, Guam and wait for our Christmas tree from Washington to pull into port. I could hardly wait to be back home so I could get back home to get a fresh one tree (with needles).

I still love the smell Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Dec 04, 2017 08:48 PM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Growing up my parents always had fresh Christmas Trees... then as we got older they switched it was not the when I went on my own I had fresh Christmas Trees again... then when Diane and I became an item we stopped having Christmas trees because of the cats:))Endre

Dec 04, 2017 11:06 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Debb- We've always had real Christmas trees that Larry was in charge of picking out. We got ours, however, from the local tree lots, often ones that a church or the Lions Club had. When our dogs became blind we had to forego the trees and instead, we opted for a 4 foot table top tree. 

Dec 05, 2017 03:49 AM #15
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debb, we decided to forgo a tree this year because of the new puppy and it just doesn't feel the same without it. I have fond memories of going to cut a tree down as a child and a friend of ours now has a local tree business that we normally go to pick one out. I went by on Friday just to enjoy the smell on the lot! There's nothing better than a real tree. 

Dec 05, 2017 06:11 AM #16
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debb and Bernie,  I am sure you pick the perfect tree again this year.  Can not wait to see the pictures!

Dec 05, 2017 08:21 AM #17
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - How wonderful!  I always love going Xmas Tree shopping!  We will probably pick ours up this weekend.  I have heard that trees are not as easy to come by because of all the fires.  I hope we have some to choose from. 

Dec 05, 2017 08:43 AM #18
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Debb and Bernie -- ahh, the joys of the season with a practical "how to" guide from the experts in the Northwest.  Nicely presented.  

Dec 05, 2017 08:57 AM #19
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Debb and Bernie -  I agree with you that real trees are renewable.  Every year we buy our 6-7 ft Frasier Full.  After Christmas the town makes them into mulch.

Dec 05, 2017 12:43 PM #20
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Only a real tree for us. Our tree of choice is the Frasier. I like the strong branches, but I wish the scent was stronger. I'm not familiar with the two you mentioned. Not sure they are available here?

Dec 05, 2017 01:38 PM #21
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evewning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,

There is nothing better than the smell of a real tree! Nicely presented and we will be watching for photos of your 2017 choice!

Dec 05, 2017 06:47 PM #22
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I love the smell of a real tree.... I haven't had one in many years.... we're the shimmering white pre-lit tree type!

Dec 06, 2017 03:39 AM #23
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Nice.  I hope I never give in to having a fake tree.  We grow our own Norfolk Island Pines and use them, and sell a few too every year... maybe a blog post coming up!

Dec 06, 2017 03:43 PM #24
Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

I love real trees too! I hope I never succumb to the fake tree.

Jan 03, 2018 08:45 AM #25
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