Hanggi’s Tree Farm in New York sells painted purple Christmas trees

NAPLES, NY – Someday, the story of the purple Christmas trees might be passed on from generation to generation, making spirits bright like Rudolph’s red nose and Frosty’s magic hat.

This weekend, as many people head out to remote areas searching for the perfect tree to decorate for the season and place gifts under, consider this from the Hanggi’s Tree Farm in the heart of grape and wine country in upstate New York.

The farm is in Naples, just under 40 miles southeast of Rochester.

A woman was driving past the farm when she spied a purple tree among the traditional green varieties. So she stopped to take a photo and send along to her cousin, who loves the color purple.

That prompted the question, how does the tree turn purple?

She concocted a story, saying a special snail that only lives in Naples used to ingest the tannins from grapes that drop on the ground and then excrete the byproduct into the ground, which in turn leeches into the tree roots and gives the trees their purple color .

David Hanggi, co-owner of the family farm, said she put it on Facebook and the story went viral.

“That’s of course a joke and not really what happened. It’s a great story,” Hanggi said. “I took care of that girl when she came down to get her tree that year because our business exploded even more because of it.”

“It scared the bejeebers out of me, and so I went out and bought a lot more paint and painted a lot more trees,” Hanggi said.

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