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
Sizes: 3 to 14 feet
Why we like them: They have thick, beautiful foliage, sweet aroma and long,
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.
Sizes: 3 to 12 feet
Why we like them: They have incredible needle retention, sweet aroma,
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.
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.
Needle points: What to know about buying a Christmas tree
If you're branching out this season, here are tips from the experts.
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