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A Fir, a Pine, and a Masquerader: Three Famous Christmas Trees

Updated on July 16, 2015

Three Popular Christmas Trees

Three of the most widely used trees for Christmas include the White Pine, the Fraser Fir, and the Douglas “Fir.” So if your family has had a long tradition of a fresh-cut tree for Christmas, it’s highly likely that at some point you’ve had one of these trees.

Fraser Fir

A Fir: The Fraser Fir

Often described as an “upside-down cone,” the Fraser Fir is fairly symmetrical and very tapered with soft, short needles. If you’re looking for a tree with a sweet fragrance and excellent needle retention, then it may be a good option for you. However, due to the branches turning slightly upwards, it can appear compact and may not be ideal if you have a large collection of ornaments you’re eager to display. Some un-related to Christmas tree facts include:

  • North Carolina produces the majority of the Fraser First, currently with 50 million trees growing.
  • To grow a 6-7 foot tree, it takes about 7-10 years.
  • Also known as the “She Balsam” because of the trunk’s resin-filled blisters that can be “milked” for the resource.

Michigan Grown Fraser Firs

Scotch Pine

A Pine: The Scotch Pine

If you’re looking for a tree that will last through the season and then some, the Scotch Pine is an excellent tree as even if the tree dries out, the needles still don’t drop. The trees vary from a bright green color to a dark green with a hint of blue. And although the Scotch Pine is widely grown across the US, it’s not native. The tree originally hails from Europe and parts of Asia, but due to its excellent adaptability, it’s now grown all over the world.

  • Scotch Pines can survive in extreme cold, even in the Verkhoyansk Mountains of eastern Siberia where temperatures can get as low as -83° F.
  • Grown naturally, the trunk can be up to 30 inches round and up to 125 feet tall.
  • Scotch Pines are fairly easy to grow and replant with 19 to 22 varieties.

Scotch Pine Christmas Trees

Douglas Fir

A Masquerader: The Douglas Fir

What is in a name? Well the Douglas Fir also goes by the names Red Fir, Oregon Pine, and Douglas Spruce. But despite what it’s masquerading as, the Douglas Fir is not technically a fir (Abies genus), a pine (Pinus genus), or a spruce (Picea genus). Its genus name is Pseudotsuga, meaning “false hemlock,” yet another tree that it is not. But despite its false names, the Douglas Fir is one of the most loved Christmas trees available. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, the species has been the most popular Christmas tree in the US since the 1920s. And if you can’t detect it by its name, you can certainly recognize its soft, dark green needles and its sweet fragrance, similar to a strong pine with a hint of orange. And because of its strong branches, it proudly displays those heavier ornaments for you.

  • Native Americans used to use the wood and needles for building, making baskets, and treating ailments such as stomach aches, headaches, and the common cold virus.
  • Douglas Firs are able to grow in many climates including both very dry and low elevations and moist locations.
  • The thick bark protects from moderate fires, and the trees are able to reestablish on wet sites after a fire is put out.

Douglas Fir Christmas Trees

Fresh Christmas Trees

And while these three tress are some of the more popular Christmas tree selections at the website, they also offer Canaan Firs, Balsam Firs, Blue Spruce, Concolors, White Pines, and White Spurce as well as a variety of wreaths, garlands, swags, and fresh greens. We have a commitment to provide high quality and fresh trees and greens to our customers. Although they grow and sell our trees in Southwest Michigan, they offer free delivery all over the United States. You pick your tree and your delivery date, and they will ship it out. It will arrive on your doorstep wrapped and ready to bring inside, and in just a few minutes, your tree will be ready to decorate


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