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Shelby Christmas Tree Farmer Gears Up For Busiest Weekend of Season

Christmas tree farming runs deep for Shelby Township family.

The Campo Christmas Tree retail center on 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads is gearing up for the busiest weekend of the year for the family-owned business.

Shelby Township resident and owner John Campo said four generations have sold Christmas trees out of the same open-air space, next to , for more than 20 years. 

Campo's father began growing Christmas trees in 1955 in Kalkaska, MI. The family now owns 135 acres of land up north and grows at least six different breeds of Christmas trees.

The trees are planted in the spring, fertilized in the summer, cut in the fall, and sold in the winter for people who love the smell of a fresh Christmas tree,  decorated with lights and ornaments, in their home during the holiday season.

At Campo's, freshly cut Christmas trees range in size from 3 feet to 16 feet and in price from $25 to $125.

The most-prized Christmas tree, and the hardest to grow, is the Fraser Fir. Campo admits that's the tree he chooses for his living room every year because of it's high needle retention and long shelf life.

However, the most popular tree at Campo's remains the Scotch Pine, because it's pleasing to the eye, holds up well and is the least expensive.

Campo Christmas Tree Farms is open 9 a.m. to 9 pm. seven days a week through the holiday season.

Vita December 07, 2011 at 07:08 PM
Love the smell of real trees-nothing like it.

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