What's the name of the service when a Christmas tree is sold in a pot, you only lease it, pay a price plus a deposit, and the tree can be taken back to the seller after Christmas, so they can replant it and sell it again next year, and you get back the deposit? Christmas tree recycling, or does that mean something else?

  • Rent A Christmas Tree? (Like those Rent A Car services.) Dec 18, 2013 at 11:51
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    For Lease Navidad
    – npst
    Dec 18, 2013 at 13:07
  • @npst Okay, I laughed. :D Artemyss, I've never actually heard of anything like this! So I have no idea what to call it specifically. But Damkerng is right that rent is the word for paying money to borrow something and then returning it.
    – WendiKidd
    Dec 20, 2013 at 23:45

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There are no services which do this in a widespread manner as evergreens (the primary type of trees) do poorly when left potted. If a term is needed then "Christmas tree recycling" should be satisfactory.

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    "Recycling" to me implies (or at least suggests) they'd destroy the trees and use them as garden mulch or something, not re-plant them to sell again the next year. Maybe "returnable" Christmas trees? Or "reusable" Christmas trees? As you say this service is not widely known, so there's no established term for it.
    – The Photon
    Dec 31, 2013 at 5:39
  • I'm saying that the difficulty in keeping evergreens potted and alive for extended periods preclude a successful business model.
    – Mistah Mix
    Dec 31, 2013 at 14:42

These are called living Christmas trees. They are typically only potted during the Christmas season and are replanted at the tree farm for the rest of the year. These services claim something like a 80% survival rate for these trees. I heard a story on this on NPR recently. I'll try to dig up a link.
Here's a company who does this

  • Wow! As it turned out, I actually was quite close. :) Jan 2, 2014 at 15:04

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