There is a great discussion of Christmas Tree alternatives, like renting a potted Christmas Tree, in the comments section.
THE FRASER FIR IS THE IDEAL Christmas tree. Fragrant, strong-limbed, and long-lasting when cut, it has found its way to the White House’s Blue Room more than any other tree over the past 50 years. It is also a vector to the most destructive plant pathogen you’ve never heard of.
The shapely Fraser fir, a southern Appalachian native now farmed extensively in nurseries, is a common carrier (and victim) ofPhytophthora cinnamomi, a deadly water mold wreaking havoc on ecosystems around the world. When infected Frasers are replanted, the disease gets an opportunity to spread to new farms and neighboring plant life.