Picking the perfect tree for your Christmas is a personal choice. There are lots of varieties that have gained popularity over the years for the beauty, aroma, longevity, and ability to hold ornaments. Here is a list of few of the more popular ones. Picking the right one for inside can be difficult, but you should also consider planting one outdoors to decorate during the holiday season.


The Colorado Blue Spruce

This is one of the more popular species used as Christmas tree in the United States and Europe. It can reach heights of over 100 feet and live for hundreds of years. The color of the needles can be bluish-grey, bluish-white, silvery blue, or silvery white. The needles of the tree are longer at the base, and become shorter at the top. The bark is pale grey when the tree is young, but becomes darker and redish brown as it ages. These trees usually have a good shape and strong needles, and they make a great living tree that can be planted outdoors after Christmas.

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The Fraser Fir

This tree has a compact appearence and a uniformly, pyramidal shape. It has strong branches that reach upwards and it can grow as high as 80 feet. The needles on this tree are flat and dark green on the surface with a silver hue underneath. The bark is grey to a greyish brown and has many resin blisters on it. As it ages the bark has more of a papery appearence. Due to its beauty, strength, and pleasent aroma it has become one of the more popular trees for Christmas. Best of all North Carolina is its largest producer, and that is where I live. So this will be my choice this year.

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The Douglas Fir

Yet another fabulous choice for decorating this year. The needles are blue green, or dark green. They are soft and smell sweet and fragrant when crushed. The bark on the tree is usually a dark brown. These trees are notorious for surviving fires and can last for thousands of years. The have been used as Christmas tree since the 1920"s, and they are still just as popular today. They are shipped all over the U.S. and to Asian markets as well during the holiday season.

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The Leyland Cypress

What a grand specimen, this beauty is breathtaking! These tree are not naturally occurring, and therefore must be propagated by root cuttings. The foliage on this tree can var, however the needles are flat and the color can be dark green to grey. The needles have vey little scent, and the bark tends to be very delicate. These will make an excellent tree for Christmas as well.

There are many other varieties such as the Arizona Cypress, the Virginia, the Scotch, and the Eastern White Pine, as well as, the White Fir and Norway Spruce. The list goes on and on. Whatever tree that you choose this holiday season make sure that it is in optimal health, and that the needles are strong, and the branches are flexible. Water it well, and have a very Merry Christmas.