If you are reading this in October, November or December, it's probably too late to get a permit to cut down your own live Christmas tree for this year. In Arizona, we have a voucher system for those permits, and you absolutely have to have a permit to cut down a tree in one of our national forests.
The other option if your heart is set on a real tree is to buy one from a Christmas tree farm. Those temporary lots will be springing up all over the Phoenix area. Of course, you can never find one when you need one, so here are some lot locations.
Where To Buy a Live Christmas TreeTim Mitchell Christmas Trees
From the web site: "Our family business was started by Tim Mitchell in 1950 and has become an Arizona Family Tradition ever since. We have many retail lots in the greater Phoenix area to serve you! We have several types of fresh cut trees as well as wreaths, swags and a variety of house decor for your family's holiday celebration. If you need a large tree, we offer 15-30 ft trees and setup/removal services as well." Scottsdale, Mesa. Gilbert.
Moon Valley Nursery
Locations in Surprise, Peoria, Avondale, Phoenix, Chandler, Mesa, Scottsdale. Open in the daytime only. Large/full Noble Firs, Grand Firs & Douglas Firs. They also usually have living Christmas trees that can be replanted after the holidays. New in 2012: You can order your desired size and species from Moon Valley Nursery, and have them deliver straight to your home. They will even set it up in your living room! Call for details.
Mother Nature's Farm
Fresh Douglas Firs and Noble Firs for sale. Live Elderica Pines are available to cut down for a really fresh, old fashioned Christmas tree. Bring the family and hunt for the perfect tree for your holidays.
Douglas, Grand and Noble trees. Located in Glendale. Call for more info 623-386-1301.
From their web site: "Our family has been bringing the highest-quality Oregon Christmas Trees to the greater Phoenix area for over 30 years. Special care is taken each year on our farm in Oregon to groom and prepare our trees as they grow into the beautiful Christmas trees that you see on our lots." Lots in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Avondale, Tolleson, Tempe, Mesa, Apache Junction.
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