Getting Started

In the spring of 1980, brothers Mark and Paul Smith planted their first Fraser Fir Christmas trees on two acres near their parents’ house.  Their goal was to grow perfect Christmas trees for their friends and family.  Now, over 30 years later, those two acres have grown into over 600 acres, and as the area's premiere nursery for Christmas tree wholesale, their customer base has changed somewhat.  What has not changed is their commitment to growing and delivering Premium trees.

The Art and the Science

To Mark and Paul, growing perfect Christmas trees is as much an art as it is a science.  Each tree must be trimmed, sheared, and essentially sculpted each year of its life.  Paul often compares the sculpting of a Christmas tree to the careful and thoughtful trimming of a bonsai tree.  Each cut and each snip is done with the future growth and ultimate shape of the tree in mind.

The science behind growing was what initially attracted Mark and Paul to growing Christmas trees. Both graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Chemistry degrees, so they understand the process literally from the ground up.  The soil is inarguably the most important part of growing dense, beautiful trees with deep color and aroma.  Their attention to the nutrient and pH balance of the soil is tireless, as is their effort to most cost effectively manipulate those variables.

“Location, Location, Location”

Just like any business, its all about “location, location, location.”  Nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina, Cool Springs Nursery raises their Fraser Firs in their only native habitat, only miles from the native seed source.  They simply do not grow as well anywhere else.

Growing is one thing…

Mark and Paul are proud of their fields of beautiful NC Fraser Fir Christmas trees.  But they are not satisfied unless each tree is a fresh as it was when it left the field when it is finally taken home and decorated. Cool Springs Nursery has developed a reputation for consistent quality, on time delivery, accurate counts, generous height, and tireless customer service.  Mark and Paul know that their success in Christmas tree wholesale depends on the success of their customers, so they take their satisfaction seriously.


To ensure the fruits of their labor are delivered fresh and on time, Mark and Paul takes their Christmas tree wholesale into their own hands. They spend countless hours negotiating with trucking companies and brokers in order to secure reliable service at the lowest possible price.  For customers that order less than a truck load, Cool Springs Nursery will arrange for you to share a truck with other customers in your area.  This maximizes the efficiency and decreases the shipping costs.  For international customers, Cool Springs Nursery has many years of experience in Christmas tree wholesale and shipping trees abroad.  This, however, is not an easy process.  It involves special treatment to the trees before and after harvesting and certain documentation must be obtained.  Mark and Paul have extensive experience and knowledge in Christmas tree wholesale and will help you through each step, ensuring that your trees arrive fresh and in a timely manner