While most farm-grown Christmas trees you find in those tents come from Oregon or North Carolina, you can find a few farms in Texas. 

What You Need To Know

  • Texas Christmas trees have several different types and forms

  • Christmas trees in Texas depend on a specific soil moisture

  • The Texas state Christmas tree in 2020 came from Denison

Growing Christmas trees in Texas

The Texas Christmas tree market can be profitable, but it requires time and long-term investment. Most trees are marketed when they grow to at least six feet, but some trees may only grow a foot per year.

The planting site can only be used to produce Christmas trees and requires well-drained and deep top soils of loam, sandy loam or clay loam texture.

​Soil moisture is critical during the first year when it needs adequate rain. Irrigation systems can help.

To produce quality trees, bi-annual hand-shaping is essential in late April and mid-July.

Types of Texas trees

Because we have hot summers and warm nights, you can only grow a limited number of certain trees. The most common trees you'll find on a Texas Christmas tree farm are not the popular ones like a Balsam​, Fraser​ or a Douglas Fir.

Texas trees include:

  • The Virginia Pine, a short-needled pine with fragrance, dense foliage and strong limbs for those heavy ornaments.
  • An Afghan Pine, with sturdy branches that are spread farther apart, giving it a more open appearance.
  • The Leyland Cypress, perfect if you're allergic to trees and will outlast many other trees without leaving needles on the floor.
  • An Eastern Red Cedar, which has more a classic "Christmas tree" shape.
  • Carolina Sapphire or Arizona Cypress, which grows fast and has a beautiful blue color. 

2020 state Christmas tree

​For over 40 years, Texas State Parks has harvested Christmas trees for the Texas State Capitol. This year, Rangers brought Mamie II from Eisenhower State Park in Denison.

It's a "very tall" homegrown Virginia Pine.

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Some trees can make allergies kick in – have you heard of Christmas Tree Syndrome?