If you want to celebrate a green Christmas, you might think about purchasing a “living” Christmas tree. Kept potted for the holidays, you can transition the tree to your yard (or donate it to be planted elsewhere). Here are some local places where you can find a tree and do good for the environment.

Whole Foods Market
2210 Westlake Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

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Participating Whole Foods Markets are offering green options with varieties of darling table-top sized potted trees. Perfect for a bit of sunshine in a corner or a small space. Check with your local Whole Foods for details.

Swansons Nursery
9701 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117

Celebrate the holidays with a living Christmas tree and continue to enjoy it for years to come. Use your living tree indoors during the week of Christmas, then plant it in the landscape or in an outdoor pot once the holidays are over. Or, purchase a living Christmas tree from Swansons this holiday season to help restore salmon habitat in Seattle. Swansons has partnered with local organizations to help reforest neighborhood parks. Conifer trees and other native vegetation benefit salmon streams by reducing surface water runoff, lowering water temperature, and providing food and habitat for other beneficial critters. Learn about supporting Trees for Salmon at Swansons.

Squak Mt. Nursery
7600 Renton-Issaquah Road SE
Issaquah, WA 98027

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Select from an excellent assortment of firs and spruces that can be used as a Christmas tree indoors and then planted permanently in your landscape. These make wonderful living reminders of the joy and warmth experienced in the holiday season. Squak Mt. will be pleased to provide you with all of the information necessary to successfully transition your tree from your home to the yard.

Furney’s Nursery
21215 Pacific Highway S
Des Moines, WA 98198

Furney’s Nursery has been inspiring gardeners in the Seattle area for over 60 years! They offer both fresh cut and living, potted Christmas trees. Some good advice from Furney’s website: “If choosing a living Christmas tree, make sure you have a place to plant it in your garden, after the holidays. It may be coaxed to make it until the ground thaws to be planted but will need lots of water and hardening off before it can live outside permanently”.

Magnolia Garden Center
3213 West Smith
Seattle, WA 98199

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Choose from Magnolia’s excellent selection of Japanese Cedars, Nordman and Silberlock Firs, and Wilma Goldcrest Monterrey Cypress trees. Magnolia also carries Norfolk Pines to use as Christmas trees and then keep inside as a house plant after the season ends. The trees range in size from 1′ to 5′. For a cute mini table top tree, you might want to choose a dwarf Alberta Spruce trees in 15 to 18″ sizes.