MT. CORY, OH -- This year, Kaleidoscope Farms is offering a couple of new types of Christmas trees for long-time customers to consider -- the Austrian Pine and the Norway Spruce.
“Austrian pines are found growing in many yards and parks, but they do not usually look like Christmas trees,” said Dave Reese, owner of Kaleidoscope Farms in Mt. Cory. “We have spent a lot of time hand-shearing the Austrian pines – along with all of our trees – so they have that ideal, conical shape our customers are looking for. The shearing also gives the trees more density.”
The Austrian pines have longer, stiff needles (similar to a Scotch pine) and have branches with a little more space between them like a fir tree. This makes more room for ornaments and the stout branches of the Austrian pine make it the best type of tree for holding numerous, heavy ornaments.
“We have a nice new block of them for customers to check out this year. I think a lot of our customers will like the Austrian pines because of their benefits and unique look,” Reese said. “And because they grow comparatively quickly, we can sell our Austrian pines at a lower price than the firs or Scotch pine.”
The Norway Spruce trees have short, sharp spruce needle and a graceful form that many find appealing in a Christmas tree.
“Norway Spruces are not what most people think of as Christmas trees, but they do offer a little different look that many people really like,” Reese said. “They are also fragrant and have plenty of branches for holding ornaments. I am excited to see how customers respond this year to the Norway Spruce.”
Along with these two newcomers, customers will be able to choose from a large new block of Canaan fir, a perennial favorite on the farm.
“The Canaan fair are more popular every year and this year’s crop looks like the highest quality we’ve ever had,” Reese said. “We try to offer our customers something a little different each year. It will be interesting to see how they react to the new fir trees and the Austrian pines.”
For more information about Kaleidoscope Farms, call Reese at 419-722-1154 kaleidoscopefarms.blogspot.com.