Christmas Tree Redux

Merry Christmas!

This Christmas Tree has graced our cottage before. It’s a real live tree, not an artificial one we store away in a box. Every few years we retrieve this tree from the south field. We cut it down over and over and again it graces out cottage once again with its presence. The ghost of Christmases past.

Hope and the Repeating Christmas Tree

This tree is a regen. Every five years or so we return to the source, the stump. It keeps putting up new leaders which grow into fine, dense new spruce Christmas trees. Presto, a Christmas tree farm on a stump – Rinse and repeat!

The trick is leaving some branches low down. One of these will turn into the new leader on the tree, turn upward and become the next Christmas tree in a few years. By leaving some branches they give the roots a chance to continue growing and provide the buds for the future. Since this tree is in the middle of an open field it grows very densely rather than tall and spindly like it’s forest brethren.

Outdoors: 26°F/14°F Mostly Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/59°F

Daily Spark: Gravity has never let me down. I like dependable predictibility.

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5 Responses to Christmas Tree Redux

  1. Emily says:

    Love the smiling faces and the pigs in the background!

  2. Sandra says:

    I love your small christmas trees. I’ve noticed this about yours over the years. It fits with your small living in your tiny cottage. Low impact all around. You remind me of the Laura Ingels Wilder stories of the little house in the big woods.

  3. Nance says:

    I didn’t know an evergreen tree would grow a new leader. I thought once the leader was broken or cut, that that was that! so good to know . . . and I like your re-use philosophy just didn’t know it pertained to Christmas trees too!

    • What you say is what I was taught, however my experience is that if there are buds below the cut line then one or more of them will take off and become the new leader. I first got this idea from observing in nature that when dastardly porcupines ringed evergreen trees the trees would use a lower branch to become the new leader.

  4. Holly says:

    I love that you thought of Laura Ingels Wilder, too. We call this the “Small Cottage on the Big Woods.”

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

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