Christmas Tree Taper

Though some variation in the shape of trees is allowable both by USDA grading standards and by consumer preferences, the ideal tree has a “two-thirds taper”; that is, the base of the tree is two-thirds as wide as the height. For a tree 6 feet tall, the width of the base would not exceed 4 feet. Other degrees of taper are permitted, though market demand for both narrow and wide trees is lower.   Less than 40% is referred to as a “candlestick”. 40-90% is normal. Over 90% is “flared”.