Serrao said Victor's has done the South Coast Plaza tree for "at least 25 years." The company decorates other high-profile holiday trees around California (like the Fashion Island tree), in other states and abroad.
He said Victor's employees head up to Northern California in the summer to scope out trees that timber companies mark for chopping. They claim and tag the trees, then return to truck them wherever they need to go.
Because the trees will be out and exposed for upward of two months, Serrao said, they're sprayed with a green-tinted flame retardant, along with a glue-like substance that prevents needles from falling off, early in the decorating process.