Fir? Pine? Spruce – Christmas tree selection

Wed. Nov. 27, 2019

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Thanksgiving is late this year and lots of folks have already been decorating for Christmas. I’ll admit, I’ve done some too, I just haven’t turned the lights on yet! (except for testing purposes!)

This spruce top is on the back porch right off the kitchen …. very simple but for $8 – why not!

Remember the ’60’s? Well, maybe you’re too young! (like me… tee hee)

I do believe my mom even had that clock!

Ahhh, but today, we relish the real trees! Selection can be tricky depending on what you’re looking for.

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 definitely handle heavy ornaments or a “loaded” tree!

White Spruce tree
White Spruce – needles that can handle a load!

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

Frasier fir… and the cat!
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 needles
White Pine tree

Norway Pine also has good needle retention.

Norway pine needles

Colorado Blue Spruce offers that blue color!

Colorado blue spruce needles

If you’re looking for a tree lot in your area…

In Minnesota click HERE

In Wisconsin click HERE

In Iowa click HERE

In South Dakota click HERE

For more information check out the American Christmas tree Association

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