Sprouffske Trees grows three types of Christmas trees on the farm.  With thousands of trees to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect tree!  Below, you'll find a bit more about each of the firs that we grow here in Rainier.  Questions?  Just ask!

Before you come to the farm - be prepared!  Here's a few tips on making the trip to the tree farm successful:
  • Measure the ceiling height in the room where the tree will be displayed. You don't want a tree taller than the room!
  • Measure the available width of the area of the room - so you know whether to buy a wider or thinner tree when you are out in the field.
  • When you visit the farm, be prepared for a day in the country.  Wear comfy shoes and older clothes.
  • Bring gloves (if you're the lucky one who gets to carry the tree), your camera, and rain gear if the forecast looks wet.
At the Sprouffske Tree Farm, the Christmas trees that are growing generate enough oxygen for 1,260 people each day.

We have three types of trees available: Douglas fir, Grand fir, and Noble fir.  Did you know that 52% of all Christmas trees grown in the Pacific Northwest are Douglas firs? 

At Sprouffske Trees, the tree prices per tree - not sold by the foot.  Current prices are as follows, per tree:
Noble firs  |  $40
Grand firs  |  $35
Douglas firs  |  $30

Douglas fir is not related to the true firs. This wide ranging species grows from 70 to 250 feet tall. The branches are spreading to drooping, the buds sharply pointed and the bark is very thick, fluted, ridged, rough and dark brown.

The needles are dark green or blue green, 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, soft to the touch and radiate out in all directions from the branch. They have a sweet fragrance when crushed.

An interior strain from the Rocky Mountains (P. menziesii var. glauca) has been extensively planted throughout several midwestern state Christmas tree plantations. It is preferred because of its ability to withstand the more harsh growing conditions than the Pacific Northwest seed sources.

Nationally, it remains one of the most popular Christmas trees species. It is shipped to the majority of the states and is also exported to the Hawaiian Islands, Guam and some Asian markets.

In the wild, the trees are tall, beautifully symmetrical and grow to over 200 feet in height. The bark is smooth with resin blisters when young and changes to brownish-gray plates with age.

The needles are roughly 4-sided (similar to spruce), over 1 inch long, bluish-green but appearing silver because of 2 white rows of stomata on the underside and 1-2 rows on the upper surface. The needles are generally twisted upward so that the lower surface of branches are exposed.

Long considered an excellent Christmas tree because of its beauty, stiff branches and long keepability, the species is growing in popularity (between 25% and 30% of the fresh tree market in the Pacific Northwest). It is also widely used in the greenery business to make wreaths, door swags, garland and other Christmas products.

Prepared by Dennis Tompkins, Editor
of the "American Christmas Tree Journal"

The grand fir is one of the tallest firs, reaching heights of 300 feet. It is easily distinguished from other Pacific Northwest firs by its sprays of lustrous needles in two distinct rows. They are usually horizontally spread so that both the upper and lower sides of the branches are clearly visible.

The needles are 1 to 1 1/2 inches long with glossy dark green tops and two highly visible white lines of stomata on the undersides.

The bark is grayish-brown, usually with white mottles, smooth with resin blisters when young, becoming rigid and then scaly with age. Like most other true firs, it is thinned barked and therefore very sensitive to fire. Control of fires in the drier southern parts of the northwest has allowed a widespread increase of grand fir over the last 50 years.

Throughout Washington and Oregon, it is considered a minor species, but a major species in the inland states of Idaho and Montana. It produces a beautiful, thick foliaged tree when sheared and is known for its strong fragrance.