One of the most common questions we get asked at RSA trees is how long do oak trees live? We’re not surprised. The mysterious essence of the oak tree has created an aura of magic around the oak, so they’re commonly associated with folklore, witchcraft and various other types of magical beings. You might recognize this guy from a famous film franchise;
Yep, even the LOTR franchise has acknowledged the magnificence of the oak tree, as the majority of the ents in the films are actually great oak trees. They’re painted as being thousands of years old and being rooted their since the beginning; but what about oak trees in real life? Disclaimer: Ents aren’t real. Sorry to break it to you.
Well, it’s true that some oak trees can live for in excess of one thousand years. Whilst we like artificial trees too, nothing can beat an old, aged oak tree in our eyes. The oldest tree in the United Kingdom is the Bowthorpe oak tree, which is estimated to be over 1200 years old;
Whilst this isn’t the average age of the oak tree, it does give a good idea of how long that they can potential live. Of course, this is only applicable if they are given the chance to live! Petitions to save old oak trees are being fought all the time; in the majority of cases they are lost, but in some special circumstances, the oak tree (and its supporters!) will win the battle.
How does it grow for so long?
Well, unfortunately many of the oldest oak trees are products of their circumstances. This means that often they are only so slow growing because they have been restricted the opportunity to grow with full potential, otherwise their life span may be significantly shorter.
With oak trees, much of their age is determined on what type of oak tree that they are. The oldest growing oak tree is the white oak tree group, in which trees can often grow to well in excess of hundreds of years, or in cases like the above, thousands. A more common oak tree like the red oak tree group may only live to one hundred years or so, which is still a significantly old trees.
Although after christmas is over the majority of people will take their tree down to the compost heap, it’s a question that’s commonly asked and people are curious about. How long do christmas trees last when you don’t dispose of them? Well, this is of course variant on what environment your tree has been living in prior, but there are general life spans that a christmas tree will follow.
A christmas tree, which is usually an evergreen conifer such as a pine or fur tree, has a pretty regular life expectancy if you’re considering growing them yourself. Most christmas trees are harvested around the 10 years mark of growth; yep, you heard that right. Many people underestimate the effort gone in to growing and harvesting a full fledged christmas tree business; you could be waiting 10 years for your first sale!
Now, what you’re probably wondering is how long a christmas tree is cut. Or, as Phoebe from Friends might say, how long until your Christmas tree is brutally murdered?
Well, after each tree is murdered they’re usually given a life span of around one month. If you’re super lucky, your christmas tree might be ‘okay’ for around 6 or 7 weeks, but around this time your tree will start to lose it’s life and color, so you shouldn’t expect to keep your tree up past January.
Of course, here at RSA trees we don’t advocate using real christmas trees, which is why we advocate the use of artificial christmas trees as we believe that using real christmas tree is a form of unnecessary killing. Though everyone is entitled to their opinion, we do advise that you do your own research in terms of the reality of the life of a tree and how it should be treated.
Hopefully, this short article answered any questions that you migght have had regarding the life span of a christmas tree; it’s a lot longer if you give them the chance to live!
Finding a specific artificial christmas tree certainly isn’t easy, so it’s of the utmost importance that you get one that is made to measure. That means the size, socket and everything in between. That’s why we recommend Kings of Christmas as the brand that can deliver everything that you require. Even if you need something specific like a 32 28 Socket Pre Wired Christmas Tree. Artificial trees are King of Christmas’s speciality, so this shouldn’t be an issue for them.
Kings of Christmas do everything in their power to deliver the best artifical christmas trees on the market. Not only are their products of an amazing quality, but they’re also made in extremely specific sizes that enable you to decide what is the best thing to suit you. This is especially useful if you’re picky like me, as you have a vast array of different options to pick from.
Their trees are of a much higher quality than what you might expect from your local artificial christmas tree store or Walmart; I purchase a tree from Walmart once, never again! Although the cost is quite a bit more than what you might pay if you go for a home brand like Walmart, you are getting a tree of a completely different quality that will blow any cheap tree out the water with ease. After all, you can’t really put a price on Christmas, right?
If you’re looking for a specific size of tree, or if you need a specific socket size, you can contact Kings of Christmas directly and speak to them about your issue. Their customer service is exemplary and you really won’t have any issues with explaining your needs to them. I’d go as far to say their customer service is up there with the best that I’ve ever received from a US company, so keep that in mind if you’re worried about ordering your artificial christmas tree.