Bramble Hill Christmas tree farm

is a small, family owned

'you pick, you cut' tree farm

just outside of the historic

Columbia State Park

in the heart of gold country.

 

Generations have called this farm home and now Paul, Suzy, and their family are the proud keepers of the land. Once a year, we invite families to join us for a little bit of Christmas magic!

When planning your trip, please know that this is our home and although we do our very best to keep the traffic flowing, we have limited space. As other farms close, we are getting more customers so we really do appreciate your patience!

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All about Christmas Trees!

A little bit of history!

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From the ancient times, people from Egypt, Rome, and Pagans alike have venerated the evergreen tree. Bringing long lasting green boughs inside during a cold bleak winter was a welcome reminder that spring would return. 

 

Deep winter, with a harvest still recently tucked away, was even then a time for feasting and reflecting with friends and family.

DESIGN

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While Christmas trees were a well known tradition is Germany, the association with Paganism kept it from  being wider spread. This changed in 1858 with the illustration of Queen Victoria, her German husband Albert and their children gathering around an ornate tree. Instantly, the Christmas tree became  one of the most popular Christmas decorations in homes across the world!

Storytelling

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Walking home one clear starlight Christmas night, protestant reformer Martin Luther was overcome by the beauty of a clear moon and stars twinkling through the icy tips of fir trees. Wanting to recreate this using candles for his family he is credited as the first person to light his tree!

We are sure a few trees were burned, and a few gifts with them before electrical lights came along in 1882. Thanks Edison!

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Nowadays the Christmas tree might be the single most important symbol of the holiday season. From humble trees hung with precious home made memories to the grand extravagant displays in department stores and cities, the modern Christmas tree is designed to delight and celebrate. Long may this continue!

Younger generations are choosing real trees over the tinsel versions that clogged our landfills. Trees are renewable, recyclable, and have personality and energy no tinsel tree can match!

Some Christmas tree farm facts!

Things to know before heading to the farm!


 

  • There are approximately 25-30 million Real Christmas Trees sold in the U.S. every year.

  • There are close to 350 million Real Christmas Trees currently growing on Christmas Tree farms in the U.S. alone, all planted by farmers.

  • North American Real Christmas Trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada.

  • Eighty percent (80%) of artificial trees worldwide are manufactured in China, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

  • Real Trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and possible metal toxins such as lead.

  • Bramble Hill uses 'animal powered' weed control to avoid having to spray any harmful herbicides. We also try and deal with any pest issues naturally and strive to create a balanced, clean and healthy forest.

  • There are more than 4,000 local Christmas Tree recycling programs throughout the United States.

  • For every Real Christmas Tree harvested, 1 to 3 seedlings are planted the following spring.

  • We try and cut the trees so they can regrow instead of being pulled out and replaced. Stronger root systems enable the tree to regrow faster and also make for a more natural animal habitat.

  • There are about 350,000 acres in production for growing Christmas Trees in the U.S.; much of it preserving green space.

  • Christmas tree farms provide stable habitats for a myriad of wildlife! We have several deer families raising fawns in the trees and the turkey flocks love the grub hunting. Hawks, foxes, racoons and snakes hunt the inevitable pests and possums, large families of squirrels and birds call this place home too! 

  • There are close to 15,000 farms growing Christmas Trees in the U.S., and over 100,000 people are employed full or part-time in the industry.

  • It can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of typical height (6 – 7 feet) or as little as 4 years, but the average growing time is 7 years.