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Types of Christmas Trees: Choosing a Pine, Fir, or Artificial Christmas Tree

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A visit to any Christmas tree farm or sale shows a display of green, but not all Christmas trees are the same. The most popular types of Christmas trees are Balsam Fir, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Noble Fir and the Scotch Pine. Each tree type has unique coloring, and a special shape and height. There’s a perfect tree out there for every family, whether they want a full, wide tree, or a slender, taller one.

Here are the details of the most popular varieties of Christmas trees.

Balsam Fir Christmas Trees

Balsam Fir is the most popular Christmas tree. It has a very strong pine scent, making any living room instantly look and smell like the holidays. The lower needles are about an inch long, and the needles closer to the top of the tree are shorter. The tree is dark green and is about 1 1/2 feet in diameter, so it can fit well in almost any corner. While its branches are dense, there is a tall, slender spire at the top of the tree, perfect for any angel or star topper.

Douglas Fir Christmas Trees

The Douglas Fir has needles that are a dark green, or a slightly blue-green. The shape of this tree is similar to a slender pyramid, and it’s very full. The needles on this tree are a bit longer than those of a Balsam Fir, usually in the 1 – 1 1/2 inches range.

Fraser Fir Christmas Trees

The Fraser Fir is very similar to a Balsam Fir in terms of shape and needle size. The branches on this tree point slightly upwards, which is useful for heavy ornaments than might slide off of the branches of another tree type. The Fraser Fir’s needles are a bit silver in color underneath, making this a popular choice based on the beautiful coloring.

 

Noble Fir Christmas Trees

The Noble Fir is similar in shape to the Douglas Fir. It also has a slightly blue-green color, and the undersides of the needles are white, causing a silver sheen, as well. The needles on this tree are concentrated on the top of each branch, and the bottoms are more bare. The tree is called “Noble” because in the wild, it can grow to be over 200 feet tall.

Scotch Pine Christmas Tree

Without even considering its appearance, the Scotch (or Scots) pine is a popular choice for this great reason: the needles take longer to fall off than with any of the other Christmas trees. It’s also a lovely deep green color, and the strong branches point upwards, making this another tree that stands up well to heavy ornaments. The needles on the Scotch Pine can be up to 3 inches long.

Artificial Christmas Trees

While they may not have the pleasant pine aroma of real trees, artificial trees won’t drop needles, either. They can be set up early and taken down late, and require no watering. The height, diameter, and colors available are endless! An artificial tree can be a great choice than makes for easy care and clean-up.

Once the perfect Christmas tree has been selected, all that’s left is to set it up with a tree stand and tree skirt, and then to decorate it with ornaments. It just needs to be watered every few days to last through the holiday season!

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