Fresh Cut Christmas Trees from Costco

November 29th, 2008 · 16 Comments

Okay, you’ve just gotten finished with Thanksgiving (with at least most of it from Costco, I assume), so it is the perfect time to start your Costco Christmas.  And what better place to start than with the lovely centerpiece of your decorations – the Christmas tree.

I’m not talking about the fake ones that you’ve probably seen for at least a month now on sale inside the store, I mean a real, live, freshly cut tree.  You might not remember seeing trees for sale outside of the Costco or even in the parking lot last year.  However, I’ve got one more surprise for you, they’re not for sale at the actual stores, but instead, online at Costco.com.  How strange is that?  You can order up a tree just like you can a watch or a coffee maker from Costco.com.  Which if you think about it for a minute, this really could have some advantages; you don’t have to worry about getting the big tree home and if it will scratch the roof of your car, or maybe you don’t even have a car so you’ll have to drag it home on foot, you don’t have to take the time to go look through all the trees to find the perfect one, and you don’t have to get sticker shock when they tell you that the one you’ve been eying will be $200 and it’s actually shorter than you are and sort of looks like the one from the Charlie Brown cartoons.  So, as strange as it may seem, Costco might be on to something here.

Fresh Cut Christmas Tree at Costco.com

Fresh Cut Christmas Tree at Costco.com

At the Costco.com website the trees you get to pick from are all various sizes of Fraser Firs fresh cut by The Christmas Tree Company in North Carolina.  You can pick from the following sized trees:  6′ – 7′ range for $129.99, the 7′ – 8′ range for $199.99, or the 8′ – 9′ trees for $239.99 (all of this pricing is significantly cheaper than you’ll find on The Christmas Tree Comapny’s own website).  And don’t forget that that price includes shipping the tree right to your front door by your friendly FedEx man (or at least he was probably friendly before he had to deliver a big Christmas tree to your house, huh?).  The website says that the Fraser Fir is “the ‘Cadillac’ of Christmas trees, providing outstanding longevity and needle retention. A properly cared for Fraser Fir can last from mid-November well into January. Full and lush blue-green branches provide long lasting fragrance and are sturdy enough to support a wide variety of decorations.”  It does sound lovely when they put it like that now, doesn’t it?

They also state that your tree will be fresh cut on the morning that you place your order and that it will be hand inspected before it is shipped out to you.  They apparently have some set standards that they go by and don’t just ship out any old tree.  They also package your tree in a sturdy, moisture-resistant package to ensure that it arrives at your house in one piece, looking fresh and lovely and also to make sure that it lasts through the Christmas season.  This all makes sense from the stand point that this is coming from Costco; you know that they are looking to get you a quality product.  And when you’re ready to dispose of your beautiful tree, they’ve thought of that too, by including a biodegradable bag that you can wrap it up in without losing all of the needles as you drag it through your house to get it outside.

Even if you’re not planning on buying your fresh tree from Costco.com, they do have some outstanding suggestions on how to care for your tree to get the best out of it for the season, and more importantly, not set fire to your house:

  • Make a fresh cut to remove a ¼” to 1” thick disk of wood from the base of the trunk before placing the tree in the stand
  • Place the tree in water as soon as possible after cutting
  • As a general rule, stands should provide one quart of water per inch of stem diameter
  • Use a stand that fits your tree. Avoid removing the outer layers of the tree to fit your stand. The outer layers are the most efficient in taking up water
  • Water your tree daily making sure that the level of water does not go below the base of the tree
  • Keep displayed trees away from sources of heat
  • Always inspect light sets prior to placing them on the tree. If worn, replace with a new set of lights.

So, if you’ve decided to get one of these for yourself, or maybe send one to a friend or relative as a gift, you need to get it ordered by December 12th.  Your tree will be shipped within two business days of your order, and FedEx will take 5 – 7 days to get it to your door.

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  1. 1 Kevin // 2014.12.15 at 11:41 am

    We bought our tree this year at the Costco in Melville,N.Y. We usually have a family outing and cut ours down every year, but couldn’t do it this year. We saw the trailer of tree outside the store and asked if we could open on up to take a look. We were told no, but the sample was inside. So I ask you mean there exactly the same. Yup. How do they do that? His answer “Because its Costco.” We went to see the sample it was a beautiful 8 foot tall 4 foot wide fraser fir. Sold. Went back out, pick one up put it in the truck. Took it home cut off 1/2 inch and put in a bucket of water. Well Sunday we brought it in the house so we could decorate it in a couple of days. I cut the string that tied it together so it would spring open. What we got was a 8 foot pencil. It’s no more then 2 1/2 feet on the bottom and narrows to about 1 1/2 at the top. Lesson learned: open it up it, if you like it, tie it back up and put it in the car if not walk it into the store and return it. Repeat process until your happy.

  2. 2 CSims // 2014.12.10 at 1:14 pm

    The $29 fraser fir again in a truck beside our N. Carolina Costco is even better than last year and they were all huge. I needed help to load one of the smaller ones onto my car roof. It was approx 9.3′ to the top. I cut off 6 inches and placed it in a large pot of water but next day All water was absorbed. I cut off another inch and mounted the tree in my large size/volume stand. It took up at least one half gallon each day for four days and now has slowed markedly. It is beautifully formed and full. I have never seen a better tree. The only issues are: someone needs to be strong, need lots of room and a large stand to hold 5″ diameter trunk.

  3. 3 C // 2014.12.04 at 4:54 pm

    Just bought fresh tree at Costco for the first time…..it will also be the last…..I just filled three vacuum cleaner deposits with dry pine neddles that apparently came included with the tree……and there are still plenty more if I would have kept shaking it to get rid of them before decorating…..you would think they would take care of that before selling them to customers….never had this problem before with any other local stores, and costco trees are not cheap either!

  4. 4 R Ames // 2012.01.05 at 8:11 pm

    Our tree stopped taking up more than a cup or so of water about 10 days ago. From what our local nursery said that is normal. We’ve had a little needle drop but no more than our fresh cut did. We too have had some saggy branches but doesn’t affect the look. Buds have popped out in the last few days. I hate to think of taking it down.

  5. 5 CSims // 2012.01.05 at 8:04 pm

    I got an 8.5′ fraser fir from the truck by the store here in North Carolina for $30. Best tree we have ever had. It is still as green (although the branches have sagged a little) with no needle drop and still taking up water as of Jan 5. I had been buying 6′ fraser firs cut within the week from the carolina mountains for approx $50. An 8′ would have been $80 and they didn’t last any better. The costco tree was also more full. All in all a fabulous deal.

  6. 6 R Ames // 2011.11.29 at 7:01 pm

    Knowing Costco I wouldn’t doubt it, but that would be a question for your local store. With that said, we always put up a tree Thanksgiving weekend. It gets a fresh cut and is put in wafer within an hour. It is kept watered, away from the heat vent. Even the trees we cut from the field don’t last past mid January. I don’t think even a Costco tree would normally last that long. If your trees do, consider yourself very lucky! Hmmm. maybe I should return my fresh roses when they fizzle out after a week….

  7. 7 Rs // 2011.11.29 at 6:38 pm

    Does their unlimited return policy apply to trees?:). I dunno what happened, all the needles fell off in February.

  8. 8 R Ames // 2011.11.29 at 3:18 am

    Our store in Maplewood MN is carrying fresh cut Fraser for $29.99 for the first time since opening. We usually cut our own but supply was low this year and what was in the field was scrawny and short. Not worth the $60 average price. Turned around and bought at Costco for $29.99. So far it is the nicest, freshest tree in 21 years, about 15 of which were fresh cut. To the Lion’s Club person, give a cash donation. Even half would go farther for them. To the one who commented about not being allowed to say Christmas, they are allowed to reply if you say it to them or if you know them. Just makes sense – why would you wish a Jew, Muslim, Budhist Merry Christmas? It wouldn’t be appropriate to wish me a Happy Kwanza.

  9. 9 Stephen Jacob // 2010.12.02 at 6:10 pm

    Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, they’re selling 7-8′ trees for $42.99, for comparison.

  10. 10 John Sterling // 2009.11.21 at 11:21 pm

    I love Costco, especially the sale the other year on the Kohler generators. Now about the issue of a live Christmas Tree. My family always has a live Christmas Tree. Since our kids are grown and living away from home we have been using a wonderful onlinestore which has fantastic customer service and beautiful table top live Christmas Trees which may be planted after Xmas. They specialize in gift shipping anywhere in the United States. http://aruntx.com/

  11. 11 Kimberly // 2008.12.09 at 11:31 am

    Hey Dan, glad you found such a great bargain on your tree at Costco. Here in Austin the fresh trees are only 6′ – 7′ and are a little more expensive at $38.99. The smell out by the trees was absolutely incredible!

  12. 12 Dan // 2008.12.06 at 9:20 pm

    Hey Kim… thanks for the heads-up about the local store possibly having fresh trees.

    Was at my local Costco this evening and they had tons of beautiful 7-8′ Fraser Firs for $35.00. Unbelievable price… I did a double take when I saw the price tag. Lots nearby would want twice that amount for the same tree.

    Couldn’t resist bringing one home… the scent is awesome!!! Gonna decorate it tomorrow :)

  13. 13 Dave // 2008.12.02 at 9:59 pm

    Len, they were definitely using the word ‘Christmas’ in the big banner they had up on the outside of our local Costco where they were advertising the upcoming tree sale. Plus the link in the story above goes directly to a Costco web page that uses the word ‘Christmas’ all over it. I don’t know see where there is any ban on the word ‘Christmas’.

  14. 14 Len // 2008.12.02 at 7:59 pm

    I find it ironic that they want me to buy their Christmas trees but wont allow their employees nor advertisements to use the word Christmas.

  15. 15 Kimberly // 2008.12.01 at 11:38 am

    Our Austin Costco has a big sign out front saying that they will also have fresh trees at the store starting December 5th until they run out of trees.

  16. 16 Justin // 2008.12.01 at 11:35 am

    As much as I love Costco, I have to support a local charity organization with my Christmas tree purchase. We normally visit the Lion’s club.

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