A Christmas tree farm in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

How are Christmas Trees Shipped?


How are Christmas Trees Shipped? For some of us, the holidays can’t be properly celebrated without the iconic decorated evergreen tree. Unless you’ve gone off-the-grid in a blissful mountain wilderness, your Christmas tree won’t be sprouting up from the ground in your living room. Christmas trees are just like every other piece of freight cargo in the world and need to get from A to B the right way. Even the iconic tree displayed in Rockefeller Center has to get there somehow!

Fun fact: The Christmas tree variety selected for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City is a Norway Spruce from the village of Florida in Orange County, New York.

Bonus fun fact: The first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was put up in 1931 by workers building the complex during the Great Depression.

Best Practices to Get Your Christmas Tree Shipped


Truckload (TL) shipping is your best bet for successfully shipping healthy trees for two big reasons. TL offers multiple specialty shipping options that would best suit the needs of Christmas trees during transit. Christmas trees are prone to overheating and drying out in enclosed spaces without circulation. It’s best to book them on dry van or a refrigerated truck. Flatbeds should always be avoided for trees though. That’ll leave them vulnerable to the impacts of wind, debris and inclement weather.

TL shipping also allows the booking of dedicated trucks for your Christmas tree shipments. That means there won’t be any other additional pickup and delivery stops. Quick, efficient and prioritized shipping is crucial to have the best Christmas tree shipping experience.

Going Green This Christmas


Shipping real Christmas trees has its environmental perks. At first thought it might seem that cutting down a tree is not a green decision but doing so is actually beneficial for the environment. Most artificial trees are manufactured in China with non-biodegradable materials and take an abundance of resources to ship. Meanwhile, real Christmas trees serve a dual purpose once the holidays are over.

Many towns and cities participate in programs where your tree can be disposed of properly and will then be chipped and used as compost that feeds soil for years. Stay responsible in the shipping and cleanup of your Christmas tree inventory during and after the holidays!

Making it Easy


Christmas tree shipping can be a complicated task with lots of moving parts. Next time you find yourself thinking ‘how are Christmas trees shipped,” remember the ease of partnering with a 3PL like FreightCenter. FreightCenter can help with refrigerated or custom shipping solutions all at affordable rates. We’ll maneuver around the confusing turnpike of the logistics industry and guide you every step of the way.

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