Site selection and preparation

Michigan has diverse soil and climate conditions that make it possible to grow a wide variety of Christmas tree species. In general, most Christmas tree species prefer a well-drained sandy loam soil that is slightly acidic. Matching the tree species to the correct site allows the greatest opportunity for success. 

Factors to consider are:

  • Soil characteristics – texture, pH
  • Drainage – water and air
  • Slope and aspect
  • Air movement
  • Accessibility
Soil Series


Soil and Christmas Tree Fundamentals – M. R. Koelling and Randall Heiligmann




Site Selection


Soil Texture