I took my kids to Menards to pick out a live Christmas tree. We decided on a Scotch pine; it was dark and the lighting in the garden area is not bright.
When we got it home, I was picking up needles and noticed they had a plasticy feel to them. Upon further inspection, I saw green spray paint on one side of the tree trunk and some of the branches. I even found some flakes where the paint had flaked off the needles. The tree is very dry.
In past years, the first few days after purchase, our live tree would drink lots of water.
I looked at the water level of this tree from Menard's today and it is at the same level as when I put water in it last night. I am disgusted; my kids are disappointed that we have a spray painted live Christmas tree.