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Shipping Christmas Trees

At FreightCenter, we understand that shipping holiday cheer is just as important as receiving it. That's why we've made shipping Christmas trees a breeze! With our expert services, you can ensure your holiday trees and plants reach their destination in perfect condition, spreading festive joy far and wide.

We Love Shipping Christmas Trees

More than 40 million Christmas trees are planted yearly in the United States, and FreightCenter helps ship a significant portion from tree farms around the country to where trees are sold.

Here at FreightCenter, we are the ideal company to ship your Christmas trees due to our expertise in handling freight, diverse shipping options, competitive pricing, and exceptional customer service.

By choosing FreightCenter, you can have peace of mind knowing that your Christmas trees will be shipped efficiently, safely, and at a reasonable cost.

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The Best Way to Ship Christmas Trees

Shipping Christmas trees from farms to commercial locations is easy. We will save you time and money using our freight services.

When it comes to shipping:

Trees are best moved by a dry van or a refrigerated truck. Because the trees were grown in cold weather, they are prone to overheating and drying out in enclosed spaces without circulation.

Flatbed trucks are more mainstream ways of shipping Christmas trees, allowing the trucker and unloaders more accessibility. Though the trees are vulnerable to wind, debris, and inclement weather conditions, nonetheless, we are experts in all fields to ensure your shipment is properly prepared and handled.

Shipments with three or more pickups (LTL & PTL)  and scheduled deliveries should be avoided. Getting the trees in water is crucial as soon as they’re delivered. Your freight agent will find a dedicated truck to pick up and quickly transport the trees.

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 FreightCenter handles Christmas tree shipping through our Truckload division. Get a truckload quote online and select dry van service.

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FreightCenter is a leader in customer satisfaction because we back up our technology with real, live shipping experts who are here to help you.

Need help booking your Christmas tree shipment? Questions about packaging? Have questions or concerns after you’ve booked your shipment? Our shipping experts are available to answer your questions. Save time, save money, and enjoy peace of mind. Get your free quote now, or give us a call at 800.716.7608.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship Christmas Trees?

Shipping Christmas trees via freight can vary in cost depending on several factors. The size, weight, destination, and shipping method contribute to the overall expense.

Smaller trees may fall on the lower end of the price spectrum, while larger or specialty trees can push the cost higher. Additionally, the distance plays a crucial role in determining the shipping cost.

Local shipments within a few hundred miles may cost less than long-distance deliveries across the country or overseas.

Shipping methods, such as air freight or ground transportation, also affect the price. Expedited shipping options generally come with a higher price tag

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More About Shipping Christmas Trees

There are seven top-producing Christmas tree states in the US. They are Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin, Washington, New York, and Virginia.

Christmas trees are mainly grown on farms in the northern states. Farm growers make up over 98% of all trees sold. Trees have been sold in the US for over 150 years. Over 80% of all trees are sold pre-cut and wrapped to take home.

There are over 15,000 Christmas tree farms in the US, and over 24 million trees are sold annually. Every state grows Christmas trees and harvests them for sale. There are five varieties of Christmas trees shipped in the states:


Fir Trees

Pine Trees

  • Balsam Fir
  • Fraser Fir
  • Canaan Fir
  • Douglas Fir
  • White Pine
  • Virginia Pine
  • Scotch Pine

Cypress Trees

Spruce Trees

  • Arizona Cypress
  • Leyland Cypress
  • White Spruce
  • Norway Spruce
  • Col. Blue Spruce


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To create value for our customers by delivering customized shipping solutions that meet their unique needs and to fulfill shipping demands from simple to complex with expertise, guidance and ingenuity.

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Why Choose FreightCenter?

Regarding holiday shipping, you need a reliable partner you can trust. FreightCenter offers a range of benefits that make us your top choice:

Competitive Pricing: Compare your shipping costs to discover just how affordable it is to send holiday trees and plants with us. We offer competitive rates that will stay within your holiday budget.

Specialized Transportation: Whether you’re sending delicate ornaments, fresh wreaths, or towering Christmas trees, we have the proper transportation solutions. Our flatbed and temperature-controlled trucks are designed to accommodate your unique holiday cargo.

Careful Handling: We know how precious holiday greenery can be. That’s why we handle your shipments with the utmost care, ensuring they arrive at their destination as beautifully as they left.

Nationwide Coverage: No matter where your holiday trees must go, we’ve got you covered. Our extensive network allows your festive cargo to be delivered to homes, businesses, and events across the country.

Hassle-Free Booking: Booking your holiday shipments with FreightCenter is simple and stress-free. Our user-friendly platform allows you to get quotes, compare prices, and schedule shipments effortlessly.

On-Time Delivery: We understand the importance of timely holiday deliveries. Our team is committed to ensuring your holiday trees and plants arrive when needed, spreading joy throughout the season.

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Let FreightCenter be your trusted partner in shipping Christmas trees and spreading the festive spirit this holiday season. With our years of experience and commitment to excellence, we offer competitive rates, specialized transportation solutions, and meticulous handling that goes beyond shipping – it’s about delivering joy and cherished traditions.

With our dedicated team, extensive network, and unwavering dedication, your holiday shipments are in capable hands. From selecting the perfect tree to decorating it with lights and ornaments, let us handle the logistics so you can focus on what truly matters – creating unforgettable moments with your loved ones.

This holiday season, embrace the peace of mind that comes with choosing FreightCenter, your holiday shipping partner. We look forward to being part of your cherished traditions and helping you make this season truly magical.


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Shipping Christmas Trees FAQs

Q. Can I add decorations to a packaged Christmas tree for shipping?

A. For live Christmas trees, it’s best to avoid adding decorations, as they may become damaged or cause harm to the tree during transit. For artificial trees, decorations can be added once the tree is assembled at its destination.

Q. How far in advance should I ship a Christmas tree to ensure delivery by Christmas?

A. To ensure delivery by Christmas, it’s recommended to ship live trees at least several days in advance using expedited shipping services. For artificial trees, standard shipping options may be sufficient if ordered early enough.

Q. How should I handle a damaged Christmas tree upon arrival?

A. If the Christmas tree arrives damaged, document the condition with photos and contact the shipping carrier immediately to file a damage claim. Keep all packaging materials as they may be required for inspection. Most carriers have specific procedures for handling damage claims.

Q. How do I package a live Christmas tree for shipping?

A. To package a live Christmas tree for shipping, it’s crucial to keep the roots moist and protect the tree from damage. Wrap the roots in wet burlap or a damp cloth to maintain moisture. Securely wrap the entire tree with burlap or plastic to protect the branches. Place the tree in a sturdy box or container, ensuring it is snugly fit to prevent movement.

Q. Can I ship an artificial Christmas tree?

A. Yes, shipping artificial Christmas trees is much more common and straightforward. Artificial trees can be disassembled and packed in their original boxes or suitable containers. For added protection, consider wrapping the tree in bubble wrap or using packing materials to prevent damage during transit.


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