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Christmas tree life cycle story
Date: 12/16/2012 Album ID: 1582380
Photos by Ben McCanna and Andy Molloy
Staff photo by Ben McCanna
Dick Bradbury, owner of Bradbury's Christmas Trees in South China, walks through his crop of 2-year-old balsam firs earlier this month. Bradbury, who plants between 500 and 1,000 trees every year, will tend to these young trees for eight more years  pruning, fertilizing, weeding  before they're ready for sale during a four-week window between Thanksgiving and Dec. 24. The work is time intensive, he said.
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Staff photo by Ben McCanna
Ashley Hamilton-Ellis fells a 10-year-old balsam fir earlier this month at Bradbury's Christmas Trees in South China, while husband Pat Ellis and dog Gracie look on. The couple has been cutting their own trees at the farm for four years.
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THE CYCLE: The tree on display for the holidays at the Hamilton-Ellis residence in Chelsea.
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