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Christmas tree selection

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It’s been a banner year for Christmas tree growth thanks to the rains and decent temperatures for the Midwest.

There are lots of types of trees to choose from depending on what you like and whether you have heavy ornaments.  The White Spruce is probably the best known “Christmas Tree” for it’s short, sturdy needles and symmetrical shape.  This one can definately handle heavy ornaments or a “loaded” tree!

White spruce

For fragrance, Balsam and Fraser Firs are the 2 most aromatic.  Another fragrant tree is the White Pine that also has good needle retention.

fir tree

fir tree

Our own Minnesota State tree, the Norway Pine is known for good needle retention also. I love these 2 types for their soft looking needles.   The Colorado Spruce is lovely for it’s blue/green color and ability to hold heavy ornaments.

For more information check out the National Christmas Tree Association.

We’ll talk more about the care of your real tree coming up.

Norway Pine needles

Colorado Spruce

Colorado Spruce

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