Sunset Magazine put together a guide for selecting the proper Christmas tree for your "zone".
Say you don't want a Christmas tree in your yard after the season is over? You might consider getting a living Christmas tree and then gifting it to a friend with ample land when you are through with it. If you are lucky enough to live around Portland, Oregon you can rent a living Christmas tree from The Original Living Christmas Tree Company. For $80 you can have a tree delivered to your home mid-December and picked up on January 2nd. I'd imagine there are other tree renal services elsewhere. If you know of any please post them in the comments!
(images: Sunset Magazine)