Scotch pine has historically been the most popular Christmas tree in the U.S. It is known for its firm branches and typically holds its needles for four weeks. It is well suited for heavy ornaments, and needles will stay on even when dry. This species will remain fresh and keep its aroma throughout the season.
White pine has long, soft, flexible needles and is bluish-green in color. White Pine’s have good to excellent needle retention, but have little aroma. Great for people with allergies. The slender branches will support fewer and smaller decorations as compared to Scotch pine. Not recommended for heavy ornaments.
Canaan fir is a newer variety that is becoming a very popular choice as a Christmas tree. It has firm branch with soft short needles and has characteristics similar to both the Balsam and Fraser fir.
Fraser fir is dark blue-green in color, and has a pleasant scent, good form, and excellent needle retention. The branches are firm and turn slightly upward with a soft short needle. This tree was named for a botanist, John Fraser, who explored the southern Appalachians in the late 1700’s
This species has soft needles that are dark green-blue green in color and are approximately 1 – 1 ½ in. in length. The Douglas fir needles radiate in all directions from the branch, and when crushed, these needles have a sweet fragrance. They are one of the top major Christmas tree species in the U.S.
Concolor fir, also known as White fir, has a narrow needle with good color and excellent needle retention. It has a pleasing shape and citrus aroma. Used primarily in our area for landscaping.