Buyer/Planters

This page is about the trees getting planted after Christmas. There are photos, info on our buyer/planters, the form to request to buy our trees to plant them, and a few planting references.





Below are photos of peoples Christmas trees
(after they have been planted after Christmas)


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For Christmas 07 TOLCTC delivered a living Christmas tree to the Peanuts gang. They decided to keep their tree and planted it in their neighborhood. It's going to be a new episode. It'll be a new, modern update on the Peanuts gang efforts to get the perfect Christmas tree, just like the original episode about their Christmas tree that Charlie Brown got back in the 70's. This tree from '07 will grow old and tall over the years and remind them of their merry Christmas 07! (Just funnin!)

We are the original and only such service in the world. That's because all the trees we offer for Christmas trees are planted to grow old. The first thing we do every year is find buyer/planters, as described below. That's how many trees we can buy. Then we offer that many to Portlanders for their Christmas trees. After Christmas we sell them for less than we bought them for to the buyer/planters we've arranged. So we're 'sponsor-a-tree' because the public is subsidizing the price of trees to planters. (There are 'rent-a-tree' services that reuse potted trees from year to year, instead of planting them each year.)


TOLCTC doesn't grow or plant trees- we buy them, then clients have them for Christmas trees, then after new years we sell them (for less than half the price we bought them for). 'buyer/planters' are people who order our trees (in the fall) to buy and plant them (after New Years). Below are categories of 'buyer/planters'.

Private landowner/homeowners- Every year we get contacted from homeowners who want to buy and plant our trees on their private property. They usually live on the edge of the city or in the country. Private landowners buy a lot of trees as a group but individually they buy trees for a year or two or three in a row, then their property has enough trees on it and they don't buy anymore.

Brokers- People who work for, and buy trees for businesses that buy and sell trees, (plant material, nursery stock) on a regular basis are called Brokers. We don't know where the trees go after they pay for them and take them away because they resell them to; landscapers, developers, wholesale and retail nurseries- whoever buys trees. There is a huge nationwide trade in the business of buying and reselling plants (trees included). Oregon provides most of the plants bought and resold in America, that's why in the plant business Oregon is called, "The Nursery State". Thirty miles from downtown Portland in every direction are miles and square miles of fields growing thousands of kinds of plants for sale to the world. Brokers are use to buying from Oregon and have semi trucks pick up their trees from us and other plant sellers. Our clients Christmas trees have been planted as far away as the Chicago Illinois area.

Public interest- Some individuals work for and buy our clients Christmas trees for 'public interest' planting businesses, like; city parks departments, landscape restoration nonprofits, 'friends of' groups, Metro, SOLV, and other agencies. The mission/dream of TOLCTC is to have people who spend tax money on trees, (people who work for and buy trees for publicly funded agencies) buy our clients Christmas trees, instead of other ones that cost more, (and hence aren't the least competitive bid). When a publicly funded buyer/planter plants our clients trees in public areas like a park that's a WOW. Our Christmas tree clients are 'the public' who, with part of their Christmas tree payment, are subsidizing the price of their tree to it's buyer/planter. We have a goal to have at least one public planting project each year. Around 300 trees have been planted in Portland by public interest (agencies/businesses) in about ten parks and in a few restoration sites. A few brave people at publicly funded businesses that have purchased our high value trees: Metro, the city of Portland, the city of Troutdale, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. It takes a lot more work for TOLCTC to sell trees to public interest planting groups than it does to the private sector so naturally the private sector has been buying more trees. There's a new park in the south waterfront area of downtown. What if thirty of our Christmas tree clients trees were planted there? Wouldn't that be the feel good final segment on the TV show Good Morning America on CBS? What are the limits of this mission of ours? TOLCTC works to be accepted by the public interest planting community. Anyone can call/email local parks departments, schools to let them know that highest value 5'/6' B&B conifer trees are available from TOLCTC for $10 each. Imagine knowing forever you or your kid arranged a planting of Christmas trees in a public area. TOLCTC can provide lots of contact info for prospective public interest buyer/planters. Anyone can volunteer, or get a price discount on their living Christmas tree, for getting a public interest employee to buy and plant our clients Christmas trees.

Landscapers- In the mid-nineties a couple companies bought around 300 trees. In recent years we've had one big repeat buyer. Landscapers plant trees for anyone; schools, churches, developers, etc.

Developer- A couple developers bought around 50 trees. They built subdivisions and planted our trees as a buffer between cleared land and nearby forest land.

Schools- We thought it would be neat to organize a school to buy and plant their students Christmas trees. It takes a lot of time to rally principles to buy and plant our trees. Hillsboro High School did a special planting. Reed College buys a couple trees most years and plants them at the source of Crystal Springs. Maybe you could get your school to buy and plant our clients Christmas trees.

TOLCTC clients- Every year a few of our Christmas tree clients keep and plant their Christmas trees in their backyards. Since 1992 around 200 trees have been planted in the yards of people who got their Christmas tree from us. They decide to keep their tree instead of having us pick it up after Christmas. It costs $20 which covers the pot and the ten dollars we would have sold it for. Also, every year people give us their potted Christmas trees that they didn't get from us, we give them to our buyer/planters.

Church- A landscaper was hired to plant trees around a church visible from Walker Road in Washington Co. near Nike.



Below is info if you're in the market to buy and plant trees.

Are you in the market to buy and plant conifer trees? Do you work for a public agency that buys and plants trees? Or are you a rental property owner who could use some trees? Or are you a landscaper? Buy trees from us! Order now, then get and pay for your trees in January. The trees we offer are all 4'/6' B&B conifers, (Douglas fir, Nordmann fir, Balsam fir, Norway spruce, Scotch pine). All our trees cost only $10 each!! That price is less than half of low wholesale price (in quantity from the country). We guraantee 100% of trees you pay for will be growing (free replacement trees). See the letters of reference below. Even if you're in another State, we'll try to help with shipping. If not this year, we're here every year. Email us at office@livingchristmastrees.org.




 
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At left below is the form to request to buy and plant our clients Christmas trees, (plant them wherever you want).


To see the form to buy our clients potted Christmas trees, and plant them to grow old, wherevever- click on the link below.



Below are letters of reference from buyer/planters.

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