We begin selecting and pruning our trees during the first week of July. Every Cartner Blue Ridge Fraser Fir is individually inspected and selected in the field. We do not clear cut our fields. During the first year a field is harvested from, we individually select the best trees. The same process is repeated during the second year. This allows us to maintain our high quality.
Height is determined by measuring from the ground to the highest lateral whorl considering the taper of the tree. As an illustration, the tree in the picture is tagged as a “red”, 6/7′ tree, because the the hightest lateral whorl falls in between the 6′ and 7′ mark even though the leader stretches up to exactly 8′. Should the highest lateral whorl fall right on an even foot mark, we typically tag the trees at the smaller size range. As an example, if the highest whorl falls right on the 7′ mark, we would typically tag it as a large 6/7′ tree.
Trees selected for harvest are then Individually Hand-Pruned to Decorate™. During the last 1-2 years before a tree is harvested, the trees are only lightly hand-pruned leaving the natural branches. This adds dimension and depth to the tree differentiating our trees from others. 8-10″ of leader growth is then left above the highest whorld. Questions? E-mail us at: Cartner@carolinafraserfir.com