The most eco-friendly Christmas tree is one that lasts for years. Here’s how to choose, decorate, and care for a living tree during the holidays

Sunset  – November 4, 2009 | Updated December 6, 2019

It’s always nice to bring in some greenery during the cold, dark winter months. Select a living Christmas tree as you’d choose plants for your garden―go with what you love, and have room for.

Look for landscape-grade trees (not sheared), in 5-, 7-, and 15-gallon cans, and transplant into a decorative container. You can use the same tree in a container for four to seven years, depending on how fast it grows. If you intend to plant it outdoors eventually, choose a variety that thrives in your climate. And be sure that you have a sunny spot for it. Here are some of the best choices for living Christmas trees available in the West.