Environmental Analysis Program
W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis
Here's a feel-good story from the Trees for Troops program. It's a video produced and shared by American soldiers stationed in Kuwait receiving a donated Christmas tree from their home state of Indiana!
This was an interesting question about a tree "changing shape":
To: NCTA-Rick Dungey
Subject: Droopy Christmas Tree
I have never had this happen to me before, my Christmas tree is droopy. The water tub is full and has been for days, we trimmed the bottom and drilled a hole in the tree before we put it up but everyday the bottom branches are getting closer and closer to the floor. It's not dry or brittle at all, the leaves are soft and pliable, all in all it seems healthy. Have you ever heard of this, and is there anything I can do to help perk it up?
As the plant tissue warms and the plant comes out of dormancy and it takes up moisture, the tissue will return to its "summer-like" condition. Meaning, the plant tissue will naturally become more pliable, bendable and flexible. I don’t think there's anything wrong with your tree at all, the branches are returning to their natural position. If you don't like that look, you can trim them from the tree, avoid hanging anything heavy on them which increases the bend, but no...there's not really anything you can do to cause them to point upright.
Finally, a couple photos to share. First, you've all heard the phrase "chestnuts roasting on an open fire" from a popular Christmas carol. But have you ever seen one at harvest? This is what they look like before they "dance around" a roasting pan.
And here's my 2012 fresh, farm-grown Christmas Tree!