Pros and Cons

Different trees offer unique advantages and challenges:

Fir trees: Typically have soft, velvety needles and wonderful fragrance. But their softness makes them less sturdy. Large, heavy decorations and ornaments may not fare well on fir branches.

Pines, spruce: The Scotch pine is a hearty holiday favorite with sturdy branches. However, it does not have the same velvety texture of a fir. The blue spruce also has wonderful fragrance and is excellent for large, heavy ornaments, but its branches are prickly and should be handled with care.

Which tree is right for you? Check out the heights, origins and fun facts about these Christmas trees

Douglas fir

Source: Oregon

Sizes: 3 to 14 feet

Why we like them: They have thick, beautiful foliage, sweet aroma and long, soft needles.

Fun facts: The needles are dark green or blue green, 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, soft to the touch and radiate out in all directions from the branch. Even though the branches are soft, be sure to wear long sleeves when decorating. Douglases more dense than Fraser firs.

Noble fir

Source: Oregon

Sizes: 3 to 12 feet

Why we like them: They have incredible needle retention, sweet aroma, strong limbs.

Fun facts: In the wild, the trees are tall, beautifully symmetrical and grow to more than 200 feet in height. The bark is smooth with resin blisters when young and changes to brownish-gray plates with age.

Fraser fir

Source: North Carolina

Sizes: 3 to 15 feet

Why we like them: They have excellent needle retention, fine fragrance and dark, rich color.

Fun facts: Fraser fir is a uniformly pyramid-shaped tree, which reaches a maximum height of about 80 feet and a trunk diameter of 1 to 1.5 feet.