Different Types of Christmas Trees

Perhaps the greatest symbol of Christmas is the decorated evergreen tree placed in a prominent area in the home. Most people have fond memories of gathering around the Christmas tree and decorating it, and there's no greater sight for children on Christmas morning than to run to the tree and see the presents underneath it. Because of the importance of this Christmas symbol, it's important to get the right kind of tree.

You can always go with an artificial Christmas tree, but a fresh Christmas tree can be so much nicer if you know a little more about the types of Christmas trees and which one works for you. You can choose from several live trees, including variations of fir and pine trees.

Fir Trees

  • The Balsam Fir has a nice dark green color with needles that are rounded at the top and is one of the more fragrant trees.
  • Douglas Fir is a common tree due to its strong scent and delightful conical shape.
  • Many prefer the Fraser Fir because of its needles don't fall off as easily. They also provide a good piney scent. The branches on this tree point upwards, giving it a distinct appearance.
  • The Noble Fir is a silvery evergreen with stiff branches that can support the weight of heavier Christmas ornaments. Many people also use these branches for wreaths and garlands, as they are short and solid.

Pine Trees

  • The Afghan Pine is popular in some parts of the country, particularly Texas. Its mild fragrance makes it ideal as a Christmas tree.
  • The Austrian Pine has a good reputation for needle retention.
  • The Scotch Pine is probably the most common type of Christmas tree, with firm boughs, a crisp mild scent and superior retention of needles.
  • The White Pine is popular for keeping its needles. It has a bushy appearance and almost no fragrance. Because its branches are longer and more slender than the Scotch Pine, this tree can't always handle heavy ornaments.
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