Real Christmas trees a growing trend on Coast

Sunny and Rubinka Molhanec amongst the real Christmas trees sold by Merry Xmas Trees in Marcoola.
Sunny and Rubinka Molhanec amongst the real Christmas trees sold by Merry Xmas Trees in Marcoola. John McCutcheon

THE first delivery of Christmas trees has just arrived at Marcoola business Merry Christmas Trees.

Owner Viktor Molhanec said the shed was full of trees and it was looking like a "Christmas tree paradise".

"We've been doing this for a few years now and customers keep coming back and business seems to be picking up more and more," he said.

"We have about 350 to 400 trees in at this stage, so there's plenty, and we're still taking orders as well."

Do you put up a real or fake Christmas tree?

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Real, it's more special.


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None. I don't put up a tree.


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Mr Molhanec said purchasing a real Christmas tree was extremely popular in colder climates and was a growing trend on the Sunshine Coast.

"Buying a real Christmas tree in New Zealand and Victoria is a lot bigger than up here," he said.

"It's too hot for the trees to grow up here so we have to import them. But for a lot of people it doesn't feel right putting up a plastic tree.

"A real tree smells beautifully and has a scent of Christmas that triggers memories from childhood. So now families up here are reintroducing the tradition so their children can develop the same memories."

He said there wasn't too much of a price difference between a fake tree and the real deal either.

"Some people say it's more expensive to have a real Christmas tree and that's why they don't get one but ours are specifically grown to be Christmas trees and are in the perfect shape. And I went to the shop the other day and there were plastic trees the same size as the ones we are selling that were three or four times more expensive.

"Our small trees start at $85 and our largest ones cost up to $180."

He said the species of tree that Merry Christmas Trees sold was a tough type and would last from now until Christmas easily.

"This species is very hard to upset and last between four to six weeks. One lady last year reckons her tree lasted until March but that's an extreme case," he said.

"Bigger trees last longer because there's more water in them. But 99% of them will last no worries as long as the tree is watered and kept out of air-conditioning as it dries them out."

Mr Molhanec said if anyone had any more questions or wanted to check out the trees before buying they were welcome to have a look anytime on weekdays between 11am and 5pm or on weekends between 9am and 2pm.

"Just come and have a look," he said.

"Not many people go back to plastic trees once they've bought a real tree though.

"We'll be here until we have no trees left, so that could be up until the 24th."

Merry Christmas Trees can be found at 3/33 Runway Dr, Marcoola.

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