Tollhouse Pumpkins

Please come by and visit Reno's best Christmas Tree and holiday decoration location. See the largest variety of trees, fresh from the Northwest.
1 The friendly folks at Toll House will help you find that perfect tree from a 1 foot table top trees to 15' tall showcase trees, All trees are guaranteed to last until Christmas if kept in water. We offer both stock and custom flocked trees, flame retardant trees for business, and local delivery.2

Come visit us at our new location at 12725 S. Virginia Street. We are on the west side of S. Virginia Street, just south of Bishop Manogue Drive, across from the south Wal-Mart. We look forward to seeing you here soon.

Christmas Tree Information

Christmas Tree Tradition

Each year 35 million American families bring a real Christmas tree into their homes to become a warm and glowing part of their holiday celebration. In 1842, Charles Minnegerode introduced the custom in Williarnsburg, Virginia. His tree was described as "splendidly decorated" with strings of popcorn, gilded nuts, and lighted candles. The fourteenth president of the United States, Franklin Pierce, was the first president to set up a Christmas tree in the White House. The enduring tree symbol remains a firmly established part of our holiday customs, engaging not only our senses of sight, touch, and smell but also our sense of family, spirit and tradition.

Holiday Safety

Check all electric lights and connections before decorating your tree and home. Do not use lights with worn or frayed cords and NEVER use lighted candles on your tree. Don't overload electrical circuits. Place your tree away from fireplaces, radiators, television sets and other heat sources. These elements can prematurely dry your tree. And, be sure to turn off all decorations before retiring at night and any time you leave home. Sensible precautions such as these will ensure a safe and happy holiday.

Christmas Tree Care

A few simple care tips. will enhance the enjoyment of your Christmas tree and keep it fresh and fragrant throughout the holiday season. When you bring the tree home, cut one-quarter inch off the base of the trunk. Keep the tree outdoors, standing in a container of water, protected from the wind and sun until you are ready to decorate. This will help the tree retain its moisture. Before bringing the tree into your home and placing it in a stand, make a fresh cut a minimum of one-quarter inch off the base of the trunk. This opens the tree stem so it can take up water. Immediately place your tree in the stand and fill it with fresh water. If you allow the water level to drop below the fresh cut, a new seal will form over the stem. Remember, trees are very thirsty. They may drink between 2 pints to a gallon of water a day. Use a water-bearing stand with a capacity of a gallon or more. Check the stand daily and supply fresh water as needed.

After the Holidays

Your tree has uses after the holiday season, too. Place it in the garden or backyard for use as a bird feeder; orange slices, bread and suet will attract birds and brighten up the winter landscape. In addition, your tree is biodegradable; its branches and trunk may be removed and used as mulch in your garden. Branch tips and needles provide aromatic stuffing for sachets.

Types of Christmas Trees

Noble Fir - Abies procera

The needles are roughly 4-sided (similar to spruce), over I inch long, bluish-green but appearing silver because of 2 white rows of stomata on the underside and 1-2 rows on the upper surface. The needles are generally twisted upward so that the lower surface of branches are exposed. Nobles are native to the Siskiyou Mountains of northern California and the Cascade and Coastal ranges of Oregon and Washington. Long considered an excellent Christmas tree because of its beauty, stiff branches and long keepability, the species is growing in popularity (between 25% and 30% of the fresh tree market in the Pacific Northwest). It is also widely used in the greenery business to make wreaths, door swags, garland and other Christmas products.

Grand Fir - Abies grandis
The grand fir is easily distinguished from other Pacific Northwest firs by its sprays of lustrous needles in two distinct rows. They are usually horizontally spread so that both the upper and lower sides of the branches are clearly visible. The needles are I to 1 1/2 inches long with glossy dark green tops and two highly visible white lines of stomata on the undersides. It grows from British Columbia inland to Montana and south into northern Cahfomia. It grows in dry to moist coniferous forests in rain shadow areas, often in association with Douglas Fir. It is a minor Christmas tree species throughout Washington and Oregon, but a major species in the inland states Idaho and Montana. It produces a beautiful, thick foliaged tree when sheared and is known for its strong fragrance.

Douglas Fir - Pseudotsuga menziesii

The needles are dark green or blue green, 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, soft to the touch and radiate out in all directions from the branch. They have a wonderfully sweet fragrance when crushed. The Douglas fir has been a major Christmas tree species used in the pacific northwest since the 1920's. During the following 40 years, nearly all trees were harvested from forest lands. Since the 1950's, the transformation from growing trees in the wild to culturing them on tree farms has been dramatic. Today, few trees come from forest lands. It is preferred because of its ability to withstand the more harsh growing conditions than the pacific northwest seed sources. Nationally, it is still one of the most popular Christmas trees species. It is shipped to the majority of the states and is also exported to the Hawaiian islands, Guam and some Asian markets.
5 Silver Tip
A very popular Christmas tree. Available in heghts of 1-2 feet to over 10 Feet.
7 Scotch Pine

A very beautiful tree characterized by its full needles.

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