Many people, not just Detroiters, are sick of using the same synthetic and cheap imitation Christmas tree year after year. Luckily, Metro Detroit is home to some of the Midwest’s top Christmas tree farms. From spruce to pine, whether it be large or small, if you’re looking to find the perfect Christmas tree this season that will fill your home with the authentic aura and scents of the holiday season, look no further than these wonderful options located throughout the Motor City.
796 Warren Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
With over a dozen different types of spruce and pines to choose from, Braun’s Trees in Ann Arbor offers some of the best variety in Christmas trees on the market. For over 170 years, the Braun family has farmed in the Ann Arbor area and provided a valuable service to locals and city residents. In 1988, the Brauns planted over 30,000 pine and spruce trees and now have over 50 acres of pure, elegant Christmas trees to choose from. Some trees are as low as $25 and others, including the Douglas Fir, the farm’s best seller, are only $6 to $8 a foot.
Addison-Oaks Christmas Tree Farm
355 Lake George Road
Oakland, MI 48363
A family-owned farm for more than a few decades, this 20-acre farm first planted its Christmas trees nearly 30 years ago and has been growing them ever since. The farm is beautifully nestled between two parks in the idyllic setting of Oakland County. Opening day for the 2013 season will be November 23rd, and the park will be open on Thanksgiving, as well as Black Friday. With state parks and natural reserves on each of the farm’s borders, Addison-Oaks boasts some of Southeast Michigan’s best and fullest Christmas trees. The natural setting allows the trees to grow stronger and more healthy, and with affordable prices to match.
Arend Tree Farms
3512 Notten Rd.
Grass Lake, MI 49240
One of Michigan’s oldest and largest tree farms, Arend Farms has been running continually since the 1930s. The folks at this immense farm make a full-time living out of providing an authentic and unique tree-cutting experience for their patrons. With Douglas fir and Fraser trees becoming all the rage in recent years, Arend Farms saw this coming and planted a massive quantity years ago and now has one of Metro Detroit’s best selections of these types of pine trees. Located conveniently along I-94 just west of Ann Arbor, you’ll have no trouble locating this farm on your quest for that impeccable Christmas spruce.
Huron Christmas Tree Farm
32120 King Rd
Huron Township, Michigan 48164
If you don’t want to travel very far from downtown Detroit to collect your Christmas tree this year, your best bet is to visit the Huron Christmas Tree Farm. Located only five miles from Metro Detroit Airport, this family farm is already open for business. If you wish to actually get down at the base of the tree and cut it yourself, all of the necessary equipment is available at Huron Tree Farm and ready to use. Feel the satisfaction as you cut down your very own fragrant, magnificent Christmas tree just brimming with character and holiday cheer. Only cash and personal checks are accepted, since this farm is run without electricity. Please see the website for more details.
Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at Examiner.com.