How to Choose the Best Tree
- Think about your space and what size tree will work best. Take into account your ceiling height, tree topper, and base. Do some simple addition and subtraction with this formula to find a tree that fits: Your ceiling height – tree topper size – height of base + bottom of tree that will be removed if cut = the perfect size tree for you. Don’t forget to plan for how you’ll transport the tree home or up the stairs if you live in a walk-up.
- Decide which species of tree you want, then call ahead to make sure the farm or garden center you’re visiting will have trees available. You can get information on varieties and take a look at different types here.
- Look for a good shape, fragrance and freshness (particularly in pre-cut). Run a branch of the tree through your hand to make sure the needles don’t come loose. Then, give the tree a shake; only a few needles should drop. If the tree is losing a lot of needles or seems brittle, move on to another.
Garden World: This Queens garden center carries fresh-cut or potted living trees, and they’ve been in business for over 50 years. For info visit them online or call 718-224-6789
Where: Francis Lewis Blvd. and 46th Ave., Flushing
Greenpoint Trees: One location in Queens, three in Brooklyn, and an optional set-up and decorating service. Purchase pre-cut or living, rooted trees (roots intact and bagged in burlap so it can be replanted). They even have an online site that delivers if you’d rather buy a tree that way. Visit their website or call 1-800-399-7796
Where: Queens location open 24 hours: Intersection of 69th Road and Cooper Ave (across from the Atlas Mall and St. John Cemetery), Middle Village
Queens County Farm Museum: They don’t grow Christmas trees on their farm, but you can purchase pre-cut trees from a large variety of types and sizes through Christmas Eve. Proceeds from sales benefit the Farm Museum. For details visit their website or call 718-347-3276
Where: 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm: Cut your own or buy a pre-cut tree from this 20 acre farm. It is Long Island’s westernmost Christmas tree farm, so it’s a good choice for Queens families. For hours and info visit them online.
Where: 1500 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington
Tilden Lane Farm: Cut your own Christmas tree at this small family-run farm. This Long Island tree farm is less than an hour’s drive away from Queens. Open Sat. and Sun. only, visit them online or call 631-261-6392
Where: 48 Wyckoff Street, Greenlawn