Tommy Burleson’s Christmas Trees

I know many of you have already bought trees, but if you haven’t, please visit Tommy Burleson’s lot over in Cary. It’s right next to my church, and he’s been selling trees there for many years. You won’t see him this year it seems, but these trees are straight from his family farm in Newland, NC.  I also know that he gives a lot of money to charities in Africa. He donates a tree ( huge one) to our church every year.

Anyways, for all Tommy has given to NCSU and us fans, I thought a little token of appreciation this Christmas would be nice.

It’s roughly at 1788 Kildaire Farm Rd Cary, NC 27511.

Please list any other locations there may be. This is the only one I know of.

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Thank you so very much for the time.

About BAM

I grew up on Jones Franklin Rd with a Wolfpack banner hanging over my bed. UNCW class of 2001.


18 Responses to Tommy Burleson’s Christmas Trees

  1. packalum08 12/06/2010 at 3:28 PM #

    Not to take away from Tommy, but if you’re closer to Garner and Cary is too far for you to travel, I’d recommend Pop-N-Son Christmas Trees.

    It was started by former NC State football/baseball player William “Pop” Stanton (who passed away this year) and is now run by his son, Bill, another State alumnus.

  2. packplantpath 12/06/2010 at 3:39 PM #

    You guys know the DOT plants christmas trees all over the right-of-way between Raleigh & Kinston on HWY 70 right?

    Kidding, kidding

  3. packof81 12/06/2010 at 3:50 PM #

    Pop-N-Son rules. Their trees are top quality and their tree stands are way better than any others I’ve seen. They have a retail lot in Cary. It’s on Cary Parkway in the same shopping center as Fresh Market and Char Grill.

  4. bleedingred08 12/06/2010 at 4:31 PM #

    I still get a little star struck every time I see Tommy Burleson at the Ingles grocery store in Newland.

  5. ADVENTUROO 12/06/2010 at 5:06 PM #

    I too, get a little star struck sometimes. We now take a MH to the ACC Tourney in Greensboro. Several years ago, before the MH, we would usually end up in the Remote parking lot and have to ride the Shuttle Bus in. When we got off the Shuttle bus and started walking in with the crowd, who did we literally bump into, #44 himself…DT….I mean the MAN.

    It was great to see him and he was signing autographs left and right. That team was something special….

  6. highstick 12/06/2010 at 5:30 PM #

    Are all of TB’s trees 7 footers???

  7. runwiththepack 12/06/2010 at 6:00 PM #

    Buy real live trees when possible. I know a Christmas tree geneticist at NCSU on a first-name basis!!
    Not only do they look and smell better than plastic trees from China, but rural landowners need the income that helps them hold on to their family farms. Christmas trees are a good source of farm income, along with timber, hunting leases, and… well, that’s about it!
    They derive NO income from the clean water and air, wildlife, and scenery that we all enjoy.
    Have you hugged a farmer today?

  8. Sweet jumper 12/06/2010 at 6:03 PM #

    My daughter, wife and I walked out of the 2006 ACC tournament with TB in Greensboro. This was the tourney Duke won and we bowed out in the opening round. TB was disgusted by the effort and the coaching and shocked at how far we had fallen since the V reign. I loved him for that and for outplaying Lenny Elmore in the game of the century and for holding his own against Bill Walton. Damn, I think I will go buy a tree from him even though we already have one!

  9. Sweet jumper 12/06/2010 at 6:51 PM #

    Also from the 2006 ACC tourney–We were sitting near David Thompson, Tommy Burleson and other players. I would point out a player to my daughter(11 at the time) and she would go have the player autograph her hat or her ticket. DT and TB were very nice to her and spent alot of time with her. I got misty when she asked Phil Spence for his autograph. He had already had his stroke. He teared up and said he was so glad that somebody recognized and remembered him. I went over and told him that I remembered him and that we would not have won the ’74 NCAA championship without him. TB agreed. Then Corchiani walked by and I told my daughter to get his autograph. She looked at me and said, “Who is that? and why would I want that little guy’s autograph?” Everybody busted out laughing. Corch did not hear all that and he signed her autograph graciously. I explained to her what a great point guard he was so now she a little more Wolfpack history.

  10. Plz2BStateFan 12/06/2010 at 6:56 PM #

    I lived with his sons during school at NC State. Rob and David. I worked on his lot for him one year. They have really good quality trees at good prices. Played poker with the guy this year a couple weeks ago when he came down to set up the lot.

    He called me all in when I had a full house. Slow played him all the way >:)

  11. kypackman 12/06/2010 at 8:20 PM #

    My grandparents had a store in Crabtree Valley Mall back in the day and Phil, DT, and several other players came in every once in a while. My grandparents would give them all 10% discounts if they gave them a autograph. Then they would give me the autographs they had collected. Had a few DT autographs and a BUNCH of Phil Spence autographs. That would be a big no-no nowadays.

  12. TheCOWDOG 12/06/2010 at 9:34 PM #

    Burl told me back in Sept that he and DT were opening up another lot in Charlotte for this season. I have no idea where.

  13. Phang 12/06/2010 at 9:49 PM #

    I’m 6’5″ tall and didn’t attend NCSU until 1980. It’s seldom that I have to look up to face people.

    In the late 1980’s, I was at the old train station downtown looking at Christmas trees. I was wearing my NCSU jacket. From way on high I heard a voice say “I like your jacket”. I looked up – way up – and saw the fellow who said it. I casually looked down to see what he was standing on. He wasn’t.

    I knew then that it was Burleson 🙂

  14. ADVENTUROO 12/06/2010 at 10:22 PM #

    Obviously, the “good life” as a commentator has taken it’s toll on Len Ellmore. I saw him the other night and my wife and I could not believe now much he has aged. I have seen Burleson also, fairly up close, and he is in MUCH better condition than Ellmore. SO, staying close to his roots and staying in Newland must have had a good impact on Tommy.

  15. whitefang 12/07/2010 at 10:43 AM #

    Living in the same part of the state, we run into Tommy occasionally. Always is really friendly. He is usually front and center at the Woolly Worm festival in Banner Elk although we did not make it this year to see him. I guess I didn’t realize he was selling Christmas trees all the way over in Raleigh. Living in Christmas tree country it seems like everyone has a tree lot or a “cut-your-own” farm. I could not imagine having a fake tree. I know a lot do, but the live ones are so inexpensive around here, they smell great, and everyone you get is different from the year before.

  16. fleetwoodphipps 12/07/2010 at 11:00 AM #

    I didn’t play any sports at NCSU, but I am an Alum that looks at this site almost every day ,posts stuff from here on facebook, and clicks on ads for you guys and I am selling trees in Raleigh too. Tommy is a great guy but if you can’t find one you like there or can’t make it to his lot come see me. My family has been growing trees and bringing them fresh cut to Raleigh since the early 80’s. I have a space in the middle of building 2 at theFarmers Market. Look for the sighn that says Quality Evergreens NCSU Alumni grown. I also have a lot on Buffaloe Rd just of of 540 at the intersection of Old Milburnie. Mention SFN and I will give you 10% off. I love the comment about the real trees. Did you know that those Chinese trees can get lead on your presents? But anyway, come see me and I will hook you up!

  17. NCStatePride 12/07/2010 at 3:35 PM #

    ^I purchased a tree from your Farmer’s Market lot the weekend after Thanksgiving (Sunday). Your prices were amazing and the tree looks great in our living room. We had just barely enough room in the bed of my truck and took it with us all the way up to Richmond.

    Not sure which guy you are, but that little girl running around was adorable, too.

  18. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 12/07/2010 at 5:38 PM #

    “My grandparents had a store in Crabtree Valley Mall back in the day and Phil, DT, and several other players came in every once in a while. My grandparents would give them all 10% discounts if they gave them a autograph.”

    D’oh! Would this not be an NCAA violation? I’m sure if selling shoes or tickets is illegal, selling autographs for a 10% discount would be too. There goes the ’74 championship.

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