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Old 11-30-09, 11:31 AM   #1
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What's the smallest and slowest Chirstmas type tree?

Tired of killing trees, I wanted to get a potted tree about 3-4 feet high that I can plant in my small yard after the Holidays. Any idea what the slowest growing and smallest tree would be?
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an artificial tree would be the slowest growing.
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an artificial tree would be the slowest growing.
heh - I have a light up ceramic tree due to the Spawn kitten, that thing's not growing! oh and some tinselly ones that sit up high on my hutch ...
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Search for living christmas trees in your area

http://www.livingchristmastrees.com/...tm#California2

We used to sell some junipers and arborvitae at Christmas back when I was in the nursery business. I would find a nursery center near you and ask them. Or maybe call the city parks department, see if they have a horticulturist on staff that could advise you. Same thing would apply to a county agriculture extension agent.
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Search for living christmas trees in your area

http://www.livingchristmastrees.com/...tm#California2

We used to sell some junipers and arborvitae at Christmas back when I was in the nursery business. I would find a nursery center near you and ask them. Or maybe call the city parks department, see if they have a horticulturist on staff that could advise you. Same thing would apply to a county agriculture extension agent.
+1 That's where I'd start. Alberta Spruce might fit the description also but check to see if it fits your climate zone.
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get a little Rosemary bush that is trimmed to look like a Christmas tree. Plus the new sprigs can be used for spice on fresh fish and meat.
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an artificial tree would be the slowest growing. :d
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+1 That's where I'd start. Alberta Spruce might fit the description also but check to see if it fits your climate zone.
I saw a dwarf Alberta spruce that would fit the bill - 6-8 ft tall and 4-5 ft wide. but its not the prettiest tree.

I like the Colorado Blue...There's two types, the regular and the Fat Albert type. The Fat Albert is more like a giant bush. Either way the Colorado Blue gets rather large. I just like the way it looks.

Thanks for the link, Jeff. I'll look more into it.

Rosemary bush is nice but I don't think it becomes an actual tree.
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+2 on the junipers, Wichita Blue would make a great Christmas tree. Lots of sales at nurseries now if your in a colder climate.
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There is a nursery in the Vancouver area that rents out live trees (deliver then picks up post) you might ask around the nurseries in your neighbourhood and see if there're any that do that.
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Second vote for the Blue Spruce ...

It will stay small for many years and then eventually be planted in the yard.
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If I lived in a warmer climate, I would plant a norfolk island pine. Gorgeous plants.

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/NR/...folk113007.jpg
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I'd go for a nice cactus. Granted, it's painful to decorate but the cats will never climb up it's prickly branches to swat at the ornaments.
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