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How to Find the Right Christmas Tree

Updated on March 1, 2015

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I doubt there will be a little more than two or three different type of Christmas trees at any one location when you go shopping for a Christmas tree but, if you do find a location with a smorgasbord of different types of trees print this guide out and take it with you.

Most people will never think of the advantages and disadvantages of different types of Christmas trees but some are better than others depending what quality you're looking for in a tree. Some like the Fraser Fir have outstanding needle retention, while the Norway Spruce will be shedding quite a bit of needles but is great for decorating. Hint: Better get a fresh Norway Spruce.

The Balsam Fir has a great smell and was the most popular type of Christmas tree until the mid 1970s. Needle retention is good and the branches are wiry to handle decorations, downside is can't use the heavier decorations.

The Scotch Pine replaced the Balsam Fir as the most popular Christmas tree. The Scotch is a very durable tree that doesn’t dry out easily and ships well. Be warned though the needles can be very sharp.

Douglas Firs are also a popular Christmas tree that smell great. The Douglas holds a very nice shape and doesn't shed needles easily, however the branches cannot hold heavy decorations and the branches are usually very close together which may make it difficult to decorate but, the close branches give the tree its great classical Christmas look.

Eastern White Pine is another tree that can't hold heavy decorations but does smell good and has soft needles. Branches can be made into Christmas decorations and wreaths. Another tree with branches close together.

The Concolor Fir or White Pine smells good, holds a good shape and has good needle retention. They are not as common as other varieties of Christmas trees.

The Austrian Pine has a unique, grungy, unkempt look. The owner of one of these trees has to tame the wild, shaggy boughs but the effort is well worth the trouble. This may be the “Charlie Brown” of Christmas trees. Got to work to find the beauty in one of these pups.

A Black Hills Spruce have soft, bluish needles. The branches are spaced far enough apart to hang larger ornaments. A lot of people make the mistake of misidentifying this tree as a Blue Spruce but the needles are much softer.

The Norway Spruce as noted earlier, does not hold its needles well but many people still chose this tree because of its beautiful look. The color is excellent and is easy to decorate. Most people though wait until the week before Christmas before buying on of these trees since its imperative that they are fresh.

The star of Christmas trees are the Fraser Fir. They have excellent needle retention, just the right spacing of upturned branches to decorate with heavier ornaments, a great shape with a good smell. Let's call this the winner of the show.

For some interesting facts and Christmas tree trivia check out the National Christmas Tree Association

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