Living Christmas trees are those that are sold to be used for indoor decoration during the holiday season and planted outdoors later, to add beauty to the landscape for many years to come. At this time of the year, many nurseries and garden centers have species of evergreen trees suitable for the Midwest growing either in containers or "balled-and-burlapped" for use as living Christmas trees.
Unfortunately, unless a living Christmas tree is handled properly, it likely will experience the same ultimate fate as a cut tree. Since living trees are more expensive than cut trees, improper handling results in a waste of money. However, with appropriate care, the added cost of a living tree can be amortized over years of time as it provides beauty to the home landscape.