The OSU Christmas tree program is based at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Clackamas county, the heart of Christmas tree production in Oregon. Christmas tree breeding, tree growth and culturing, Integrated Pest and Farm Management (IPM) are the main focus of the program.
NWREC Seed Orchard Development
Grafting began in 2013 on the Noble fir Christmas tree seed orchard. This orchard was the first of 5 orchards to be developed for improved seed production at NWREC. The most recent addition is a Trojan fir orchard, which may be the first of its kind in the United States. Other seed orchards include: Turkish fir, Nordmann fir and Douglas-fir.
News & Events
Featured in the Winter 2024 edition of the Christmas tree Lookout published by the PNWCTA .
Drip Irrigation System for Field-Grown Christmas Tree Seedlings features Christmas tree grower Kirk Stroda explaining his method for keeping his seedling alive through the hot and dry summers in the PNW.
Summer Farm Tour
Save the date...June 14th, 15th 2024
Oregon State University Christmas tree specialist, Chal Landgren, is officially retired as of July 1, 2023. We wish him the very best in his retirement! Read about Chal's long career with OSU Extension.
A special thanks to all that worked so hard advocating for the passage of HB 5025. It officially passed both the House and the Senate and will fund the Extension Christmas tree Specialist position. This is a great achievement!
Extension Christmas tree Specialist position Update:
The search is underway. A search committee is reviewing applicants for this position and will be interviewing this spring.
Featured Grower Resources
(PNW684) Chal Landgren. Guide to growing and culturing many common PNW Christmas tree species.
(EM 8856-E) Authored by several topic experts. Comprehensive guide to for Christmas tree growers in Oregon and Washington.
(PNW625) Ed Peachey, Chal Landgren and Tim Miller. Complete weed guide and chemical information.
Compiled list of PNW nurseries with contact information for conifer seedlings.
(EM8677) Multiple authors. Informative publication on sampling your farm and labs available for use.
Information regarding licensing and other regulations.