Trader Joe’s Is Selling “Grinch Trees” That Are Meant to Be Kept All Year Round

Trader Joe’s has brought back its perfectly imperfect “Grump Trees” for the holiday season, and these Grinchy-looking things are meant to be kept and admired for years to come—they can even grow impressively tall if planted outdoors in the right location.

Instagram account @TraderJoesList announced the highly-anticipated arrival of the Trader Joe’s Grump Trees on Nov. 11, noting that each tree, wrapped in a red burlap sack (à la the Santa Claus toy sack the Grinch hauls with him around Whoville), topped with a sparkly Christmas ornament, and adorned in red ribbon, is selling for $8.99.

The Grump Tree is actually a lemon cypress tree, native to California, and when planted outdoors it can grow upward of 15 to even 30 feet, depending on the variety. These trees will keep their Suess-like conical shape as they grow, but if you want to keep the bend, you’ll have to keep adding heavier ornaments as they get bigger.

And what’s even better is that the Grump Trees have a wonderful lemony scent that even the Grinch himself would find appealing. 

Once the holiday season is over, you can keep your Grump Tree inside in a ceramic pot with good drainage, or, if you live in a warmer location, you can move your Grump Tree outdoors and plant it in a nice sunny area. Unlike the creature they’re named after, these guys don’t like shady, cavernous areas, so even if you’re keeping your Grump Tree inside, make sure it gets plenty of sunlight.

The arrival of the Grump Tree is a sign that the most wonderful time of the year is upon us, and that irony will never get old.

Olivia Harvey


Olivia Harvey is a freelance writer and award-winning scriptwriter from outside Boston, Massachusetts. She’s a big fan of scented candles, getting dressed up, and the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley. You can make sure she’s doing okay via Instagram and/or Twitter.


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