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Christmas tree guilt

According to the Bee, our local utility company SMUD is suggesting that buying an artificial Christmas tree is a “greener” choice than buying a fresh-cut tree trucked in from somewhere else (Oregon, most likely).

I beg to differ. Artificial trees don’t last forever, but their plastic parts do. Plus, aren’t some artificial trees having lead issues? And might that artificial have been shipped in from a land much farther away than Oregon?

Let’s face it… the cut trees from Oregon farms are already here. Buy one, and by all means recycle it after Christmas. Find out where to recycle by going to and clicking on the Christmas tree recycling flier.

SMUD does suggest buying locally grown fresh-cut trees . If you’re not wedded to the idea of a ‘Silvertip’ or ‘Noble Fir’, which don’t grow well here in the Valley, then you have a couple good options:

Billy’s Farm Fresh Christmas Trees
8430 Dillard Rd. Wilton, CA 95693
Phone: (916) 687-8354
FAX: (562) 498-1440
Open: November – Weekends only
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm
Monterey Pine, Sierra Redwood, Cypress, Cedars, and Firs

Davis Ranch L. L. C.
Phone: (916) 682-2658
13501 Jackson Rd. Sloughhouse, CA 95683
Open: Friday after Thanksgiving to the 21st of December.
9:00 am until dusk
Douglas Fir, Monterey Pine, Incense Cedar, Sierra Redwood

Fun with Cordyline

It seems like cordyline cultivars are becoming more prevalent. I know I haven’t grown it much in the past, but find myself reaching for it more and more when I’m out nursery shopping, probably because it comes in such fun colors. I’m not sure how cold-hardy it is, but will have a chance to find out soon, I’m sure.

Cordyline ‘Red Sensation’

Cordyline ‘Pink Something-or-other’