Where to Buy a Live Christmas Tree Near Iowa City

One of my favorite Christmas songs that I love playing in the background while decorating our Christmas tree is the old time favorite, O Tannenbaum. We play both the German and English version on repeat while we decorate. The sweetest sounds I enjoy hearing every year are when my kids are singing along to the songs while sorting through ornaments.

“O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are your branches!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are your branches!
Not only green in summer’s heat,
But also winter’s snow and sleet.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are your branches!”

Over the years, we have used both artificial and real Christmas trees for our holiday seasons. However, there is just something so unique and nostalgic about going to a tree farm and choosing the perfect pyramidal (my preference) shape evergreen tree to cut down. The sound of the saw cutting through the bark and seeing the anticipation on our children’s faces as they wait for the tree to fall–it’s pure holiday magic.

Finding our “perfect” tree for the first time wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I was unaware of the numerous types of trees available and the characteristics of them. For example, you must take into consideration the weight of your ornaments because certain trees have a less sturdy branch. There’s also the question of how fragrant of a tree you want, type of needle preference, sunlight, watering needs, etc. Below, you will find a few tips that I have learned about fresh cut Christmas trees and where you can purchase them in the Iowa City area.

“After all, it is the holidays, and you can never have too many Christmas trees”—so my kids say.

Popular Types of Evergreen Trees

Fraser Fir
. Strong Fragrance
. Sturdy Branches
. Yellow-Green Color

Canaan Fir
. Medium Fragrance
. Sturdy Branches
. Deep Green Color

Douglas Fir
. Strong Fragrance
. Sturdy Branches
. Dark Green Color

Noble Fir
. Strong Fragrance
. Sturdy Branches
. Dark Green Color

Concolor Fir
. Medium Fragrance
. Sturdy Branches
. Blue-Green Color

Balsam Fir
. Strong Fragrance
. Soft Flexible Branches
. Dark Green Color (on top of needles)
. Silver Color (underneath needles)

White Pine
. Minimal Fragrance
. Soft Branches
. Light Blue-Green Color

Scotch Pine
. Medium Fragrance
. Sturdy Branches
. Dark Green

Blue Spruce
. Strong Fragrance
. Sturdy Branches
. Silver-Blue Color

Caring for Your Fresh Cut Tree

1. Re-cut the trunk at least 1 inch from the bottom before placing it in the stand. If the fresh cut is exposed too long, it will seal up by the tree’s sap.
2. Avoid placing tree in direct sunlight or near any heat sources such as fireplaces, televisions, computer monitors, etc. Doing so will cause the tree to dry out and shed needles, as well as being a potential fire hazard!
3. Make sure tree stand is filled with at least 1 gallon of clean warm water. Check the water level every day. Some Christmas trees can absorb up to 2 gallons of water in a day. Do not let water level get below the fresh cut stem.
4. To ensure that the tree is adequately retaining water, do not add anything to the fresh sink water. This may lessen water retention and as a result, cause rapid shedding of needles.

Christmas tree farms near Iowa CityWhere to Buy a Fresh Cut Christmas Tree

Kelly Tree Farm

Location: 1045 Stone Mill Rd, Tipton, IA, 52772
Phone: (563) 452-0280
E-mail: [email protected]
Hours: Opens the day after Thanksgiving
Friday, Nov. 29th – Sunday, Dec. 1st (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

**May not be open past the above weekend. Call ahead, email or check website to see if they are open past that weekend.

What you need to know:
• They have over 500 White Pine, Scotch Pine, and Canaan Fir up to 12 feet tall. Priced at $60 each, any size.
• You can choose and cut your own fresh Christmas trees, and they furnish the saw to do it. They also have a large selection of fresh-cut trees if you prefer not to cut your own tree. They also sell potted evergreen trees to plant.
• NO credit cards—cash or check only
• No dogs allowed

Handley’s Holiday Hillside, Inc

Location: 1731 White Oak Ave NE, Solon, IA 52333
Phone: (319) 624-3646
Hours: Opens the day after Thanksgiving
Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

What you need to know:
• NO dogs allowed
• Some available trees include Canaan Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Concolor, White Pine, Scotch Pine and Red Pine
• NO credit cards–cash or check only
• Warm cabin with homemade goodies

Cedar’s Edge Evergreen Market

Location: 2188 Ivanhoe Rd, Ely, IA 52227
Phone: (319) 361-7967
Hours: Opens the day after Thanksgiving
Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday – Thursday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

What you need to know:
• Available trees include Scotch Pines, White Pines, and Firs
• Extra tall trees are available upon request (10 ft. – 14 ft.)
• Will shake tree and help with loading

Hoffman Tree Farm

Location: 9409 C Ave., Marion, IA 52302
Phone: (319) 377-0977
Hours: Field open for cutting Thanksgiving weekend only
Monday – Thursday 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday – Sunday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

What you need to know:
• Cash, check and credit card accepted
• Saw provided for cutting
• Tree binding and shaking available
• Stands available

Check out iowachristmastrees.com to see all Iowa Christmas tree farms and who has trees remaining.

Local Stores with Pre-Cut Trees

Unable to attend a traditional tree farm? No problem! You can also buy trees at many of our local grocery stores, home improvement stores, and landscaping nurseries, such as the ones listed below:

Earl May
Forever Green

Happy tree hunting!

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  1. Also the Optimist Club sells trees at the Riverside Drive Dairy Queen lot! Different varieties and sizes available. I believe it’s cash or check.


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