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Christmas tree selection

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In my family, we always waited till after my brother’s birthday, Dec. 10th, to put up the Christmas tree.  Not a bad thought when you’re planning on a real tree.

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!  (something my sister definitely needs!  She’s saved every ornament her kids made or gave her and that been decades!  😉  )

White spruce

White Spruce tree

White Spruce tree

For fragrance, Balsam and Fraser Firs are the 2 most aromatic.

Balsam Fir needles

Balsam Fir needles

Another fragrant tree is the White Pine that also has good needle retention albeit the needles are longer and softer.

White Pine tree

White Pine tree

White pine needles

White pine needles

The 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.

Colorado blue spruce needles

Colorado blue spruce needles

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

Norway pine needles

 

 

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