Know How to Choose a the Right Real Christmas Tree for Your Family

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Colorado Spruce

This tree has 1-3 inch grayish green to blue green needles that are very stiff and somewhat prickly. But it has a a wonderful resin scent and most are very symmetrically shaped. One problem: the needles are not well retained.


White Spruce

Like the Colorado Spruce, this tree well shaped and has grayish/bluish/green needles. But like the Colorado Spruce, it has poor needle retention. Pick either one of these trees if you want to get your holiday exercise by vacuuming.


Scotch Pine (Scots Pine)

This dark green tree with stiff branches and needles is an annual favorite. Plus it has great needle retention.


Eastern White Pine

The Eastern White Pine is a beautiful, dense, medium green tree that is a favorite nationwide and the tree that many think of as THE real Christmas tree. It has great needle retention.


Balsam Fir

This pyramid shaped, dark green tree not only hold it needles but gives off the most wonderful evergreen scent.


Douglas Fir

This tree although similar to the Balsam Fir, has shorter, flatter, green needles that have good retention. When the needles are crushed, they give off a sweet camphor smell which may or may not be to your liking.

White Fir

The White Fir is more blue-green with soft, 3 inch needles that curve upwards and have good retention. The needles give off a pleasant lemony scent.


Fraser Fir

Like the fir trees, it has fragrant needles with good needle retention and a lovely overall shape.

Armed with this information, you should be able to find a real Christmas tree that matches your idea of what you Christmas tree should look like. Happy Holidays!


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