If you are thinking of just buying a tree and planting it again, a word of caution from Jim Tolstrup, Director of the High Plains Environmental Center
. Many species may look great but may not be suitable for your area and often do not survive the planting. He first recommends finding a locally appropriate tree that still looks good. In parts of the West, Douglas Fir trees are popular. The East Coast is great for the Balsm Fir, Eastern Red Cedars do great in the South, and Austrian Pines are a good choice around the Rockies. Another popular indoor plant is a sheared rosemary bush
. He also does not recommend that the tree be indoors for very long, especially in cold regions, so instead Jim suggests planting the trees in your yard. You can then decorate them with edible garlands made from cranberries and popcorn and bird seed ornaments to create the ultimate green Christmas tree.
In Los Angeles the Living Christmas Company, which is in its third year, will deliver an evergreen to your home and pick it up again. You pick your species and size and they do all the rest. Once the tree becomes too large they donate it to the Urban Reforestation Project, which is supported by carbon tax credits. Prices range from $25 for a 2 foot tree to $125 for an eight footer that is sure to make the neighbors jealous.
In Portland, Oregon the Original Living Christmas Tree Company has been renting trees for nineteen years. They deliver one of seven species to your front door for $90. After the holidays they pick it up and plant it in an urban park or garden to improve local watershed.