Cruisin’ Connecticut – How to Pick the Perfect Christmas Tree in CT

Cruisin' Connecticut

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Today we’re Cruisin’ Connecticut to the Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden in search of the perfect Christmas tree. Its 18 acres of preserved farmland provides over 2,000 trees for Santa to leave a suprise under on Christmas morning.

Nursery Owner, Dick Jaynes planted his first crop of Christmas trees in 1947. He gave us some tips to avoid going home with a Charlie Brown Christmas tree:

The stem should be straight. The tree should be full all the way around, and the height you want.

He told us how many customers come in, and get wrapped up in the holiday cheer, going home with a bigger tree than they bargained for. So it’s important to be realistic about the size.

Here are some of the tree types that Jaynes recommends:

  • White Pine: long, soft needles; excellent retention
  • Colorado (Blue) Spruce: stiff,formal tree; decorates well; sharp needle; best retention of the spruces
  • Douglas Fir: intermediate needle length, soft; excellent retention
  • Balsam and Fraser Fir: short needle, stiff but not sharp; fragrant; excellent retention
  • Concolor (White) Fir: intermediate needle length, soft; excellent retention; unique citrus fragrance.

Broken Arrow Nursery also creates custom wreathes, just in time for your Christmas celebrations.

Know of cool people, places or events to check out for “Cruisin’ Connecticut?” Email me, or let me know on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat: @RyanKristafer

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