Local business sells variety of trees for season

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 14, 2005

FERRIDAY &8212; Marie Potts doesn&8217;t expect to get rich from her Christmas tree farm.

&8220;You couldn&8217;t live on this,&8221; Potts said. &8220;But I do make a little money off it every year.&8221;

But making a living isn&8217;t the goal &8212; using some of the 16 acres of land Potts owns and having a good time is.

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&8220;This time of year is fun because I get to see people I would never see otherwise,&8221; Potts said.

Those people come by to buy a real Christmas tree in one of several varieties and many of the 250-300 Potts expects to sell this year already have tags or have been cut down and taken home.

Potts&8217; farm is open all day Saturday and from 1 p.m. to dark Sundays through Dec. 18. Trees, which can cost anywhere from $25 for smaller specimens to $100 for large and particularly well-shaped trees, can be taken immediately or tagged to be taken home later. Stands can be purchased as well.

Varieties available include Virginia pine, Carolina Sapphire and Leyland Cypress. The pine has a great Christmas smell, Potts said. The sapphire, a cultivated strain of Arizona cypress, also has a great smell and an unusual, slightly blue coloring. Carolina sapphire is also much less messy than the pine, Potts said.

The dry weather of recent months means trees need more care this year than usual, Potts said. Trees need have their truck placed in water so that they will not dry out as quickly. &8220;I&8217;m concerned about the trees with the lack of rain we&8217;ve had,&8221; Potts said. &8220;Some people don&8217;t know how to take care of them.&8221;

Marie&8217;s Trees also sells Christmas wreaths made from parts of trees that weren&8217;t sold. The wreaths, which cost between $10 and $35, can also be bought with bows and candle arrangements.