This was the announcement for the 2012 Planting Christmas Tree Sale. Please visit the Planting Christmas page for all the details about our 2013 offerings.
‘Planting Christmas’ campaign offers Maui residents a live, native alternative to cut holiday trees, funds to support local tree farm and locally made ‘Plant a Wish’ documentary film
MAKAWAO, HI, November 21 – Plant a Wish, a Maui-based native tree planting project that recently completed a mission to plant native trees in all 50 states, is back for a sixth consecutive year with its ‘Planting Christmas’ native Christmas tree sale and fundraising campaign. Starting today, Maui residents can begin placing orders on live, potted native ohi‘a lehua trees that have been pre-selected for decorating and displaying during the holidays. Each order includes free delivery, with all proceeds supporting the Plant a Wish project. Interested buyers can also request planting assistance, or may plant their holiday tree with Plant a Wish at an active native restoration site on Maui.
In 2007, ‘Plant a Wish’ co-founder and Makawao resident Joseph Imhoff initiated ‘Planting Christmas’, an annual project that inspires community support of the local native tree farming economy and encourages native habitat restoration in everyone’s backyard. As an expansion of his tree efforts on Maui, in 2010 Imhoff and his wife Sara Tekula began Plant a Wish, a 50-state native tree planting campaign and documentary film project. The couple completed their 50-state mission in November 2011, and is currently editing a documentary about the experience.
‘Planting Christmas’ trees may also be purchased as gifts and can be delivered to Maui residents. For off-island residents, native tree dedications are also available, where customers can send gift cards and planting certificates to friends and family members.
While searching for the perfect items for this year’s inventory, Imhoff decided on red ohi’a lehua, in the following sizes:
- Ohi‘a Lehua – Medium – $120 (About 3 ft tall in 5 gallon pots)
Ohi‘a Lehua – Large – $150 (About 5 ft tall in 7 gallon pots)SOLD OUT
“In our travels across the country, we have learned a great deal about the importance of native biodiversity in each local landscape,” says Imhoff. “While visiting most neighborhoods on Maui it’s rare to see any native plants growing. For the last 6 years, we have been changing this, one Christmas tree at a time.”
UPDATE for HOLIDAYS 2019: We are not selling live native holiday trees this year. We are dedicating all of our time to protecting native species and planting lots of native trees, and have no time for sales and delivery! Interested in buying a potted native tree? We recommend you reach out to our friends at Native Nursery in Kula. Happy holidays!
To learn more about the Plant a Wish project, visit http://www.plantaiwish.org