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Which Christmas Tree is Right for You?

Traci Taylor

For a lot of families, this coming weekend is when a Christmas tree is picked out and put up, but unless you’ve been buying the same tree every year for several years, you might not be sure which would be the best pick.  I’m a huge fan of the Frasier Fir.  I love the big needles and the way it smells.  But the Frasier might not be the right tree for your family.  Here are some of the most popular Christmas trees.  Take a peek and write down the ones you think would work and then take that list with you when you go tree shopping.  I promise, it’ll make the selection process so much easier.

Fraser Fir (my favorite) – The tree has excellent needle retention along with a nice scent.

Douglas Fir- Douglas fir grows cone-shaped naturally, has 1 to 1-1/2 inch needles that are persistent and has a sweet scent when crushed.

Balsam Fir – Balsam fir is a beautiful pyramidal tree with short, flat, long-lasting, aromatic needles.

Colorado Blue Spruce – This tree has dark green to powdery blue needles, 1 to 3 inches long and a pyramidal form when young. Colorado blue spruce is very often sold “living” and with an entire root ball – to be planted after the holidays, so if you’re looking for a Christmas tree you can replant, this would be the one.

Scotch Pine- Scotch pine tree has stiff branches, two bundled dark green needles 1 to 3 inches long that are retained for four weeks. The aroma is long-lasting and lingers through the entire season. Scotch pine does not drop needles when dry – excellent retention.

Eastern Red Cedar – Very aromatic needles are a dark, shiny, green color and sharp and prickly to the touch.

White Spruce – White spruce has green to bluish green needles but crushed needles have an unpleasant odor. Another problem with the spruce is it has poor needle retention.

Eastern White Pine – The tree retains needles throughout the holiday season but has little or no fragrance and not a good tree for heavy ornaments. If you’re allergic to fragrant trees, this one is for you.

White Fir or Concolor Fir – White fir is one of the longest-needled firs and is sometimes mistaken for a pine. Concolor fir has blue-green needles that are 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches long. The fir has a nice shape with a pleasing aroma and good needle retention.

Virginia Pine – Virginia pine tolerates warmer temperatures. The foliage is dark green to gray in color and the limbs are stout with woody branches.

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