Owner of Sunnyside Chrismas Trees, Larry Elliott calls Fraser firs the “Cadillac of the Christmas trees”. They are grown in Jefferson, North Carolina.
“They’re normally the tree that gets chosen to go to the White House, which last year the Fraser fir went to the White House,” he said. Ashe County, where we live, has produced, I think, 11 grand champions that have gone to the White House in the last 30 years.”
Larry added, “I’ve been growing trees for about 30 years, and well, you have to pray with them and sing to them and talk to them, and sometimes get a little aggravated with them. But anyway, we plant the trees and we get a lot of credit for growing them.”
This is Sunnyside’s first time in Wilmington and the guys plan to camp out here until all the trees are gone. Getting set up is pretty labor-intensive. They have to drill a hole in every tree so it fits properly on a mount. The trees start at about five feet tall and cost around thirty dollars; and go up from there.
What is the key to keeping a healthy Christmas tree?
“Keep them out of the heated areas, keep them watered, away from the windows, bright sunlight might bake the tree out and burn it out a little bit,” suggested Elliott. “They’ll stay fresh for six weeks, eight weeks if you’re probably taking care of them, they’re fresh cut.”
Sunnyside Trees is located on Market Street, near Martin Luther King Boulevard. Sunnyside is offering church groups, schools, and charitable organizations ten percent off trees.
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