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How to – Pick the Perfect Christmas Tree

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It’s officially the holiday season, aka my favorite time of the year!

Christmas is upon us, my friends! It’s time to break out the decorations, turn on the Christmas music, start baking cookies, and find yourself the perfect Christmas tree.

For everyone who gets a real tree, I love you. My life goal is to have my own Christmas tree farm, so you’re essentially supporting my future business. You angels!

For everyone looking to find the perfect Christmas tree for your lifestyle, you’ve come to the right place. I received my M.S in Horticulture from Penn State, and did my research for the past two years on Christmas trees! It’s safe to say I’ve learned a thing or two about the subject, and how to pick the perfect Christmas tree each and every holiday season.

Keep reading to learn how to pick the perfect Christmas tree this holiday season.

How to Pick The Perfect Christmas Tree

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One of the most important steps in finding your perfect Christmas tree is to do some research. If you’re here you’re already doing that—kudos to you, you superstar!

Each species sold across the United States has unique characteristics that make it the perfect addition to your holiday celebration and lifestyle.

Here’s How to find the perfect Christmas Tree:

If you want fragrance…

Try looking for a Balsam fir. It’s one of the most fragrant trees grown across the US, with beautiful dark green needles. You won’t need a Christmas scented candle with this one since it is known to be one of the most fragrant Christmas trees around.

However, it doesn’t have the strongest branches, so avoid Balsam if you’ve got heavy ornaments and decorations.

If you want a tree that lasts all season…

Fraser fir is your winner. It’s the most popular (and most expensive) species across the US, and for a reason. It has super strong, upward facing branches, and green/silvery needles that have superior retention. You won’t have to sweep every day with a Fraser fir, as it can last up to 6 weeks when displayed in water.

If you want a dense looking tree…

Check out Douglas fir. It is also one of the most popular species in the US and shipped to all 50 states (including some US territories too)! They can appear pretty dense since their soft needles grow in all directions off of branches, so they may not be the easiest to decorate, especially if you have a ton of decorations.

Douglas fir, while not the cheapest, is one of the best trees for your budget.

If you’re looking unique needles…

Give Colorado Spruce a go! Rather than the standard dark green needles, their needles range from a blue/green shade to a bluish silver color that is super distinct compared to other Christmas tree species. They tend to have super strong branches which are great for those heavy ornaments.

Careful when you decorate though, since their needles are very sharp and stiff, unlike that of douglas-fir.

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If you’re looking to appease your allergies…

Leyland Cypress is your best bet. Rather than typical needles, it has a feathery appearance and almost n0 scent associated with them. They’re sterile trees, so you shouldn’t expect to find any pollen on them as well. You’ll find that these are sold most often in the southeastern US.

If you want a tree with open branches…

Turkish and Nordmann fir are excellent contenders. Europeans prefer more open branch structure with Christmas trees, unlike the sheared dense appearances desired in the US. While the trees take longer to grow, they have excellent needle retention and very strong branches, perfect for heavy ornaments.

While they’re much more popular in Europe, growers in the US are considering adopting them due to their pest-resistant properties.

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If you want a tree with longer needles…

White pine the best tree for you. Their super soft needles typically range from 2-5” in length. They also have little fragrance, so they’re better option to have around if you or your loved ones suffer from allergies.

If you’re looking to change up your tree…

Canaan fir is a newer tree to the Christmas tree market and is usually considered a hybrid (but is technically not) between Balsam and Fraser fir. It has a similar outward appearance of Balsam, with the improved needle retention of Fraser.

Noble fir, native to the Pacific Northwestern region of the US, is also a good option due to their evenly spaced branches, beautiful needles, and strong branches for decorations. It is another species of Christmas tree that is quickly growing in popularity.

how to pick the perfect christmas tree

All these trees in one way or another are a perfect addition to your Christmas season. For more information on each tree, check out info from the National Christmas tree Association here. I hope you enjoy searching for your own perfect Christmas tree this holiday season. 🙂


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  • Reply
    November 27, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    So informative! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      November 27, 2017 at 9:17 PM

      Thank you! 🙂

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    November 27, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    I love this! Never thought to think about what type of tree to get! Thanks for the info!

    • Reply
      November 27, 2017 at 9:18 PM

      of course! Happy Christmas tree shopping!

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    November 27, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Great Article. I’m going to choose a Balsam Fir this year with your suggestion for great pine scent! Thanks. And best of luck on your future Christmas Tree Farm business!

    • Reply
      November 27, 2017 at 9:18 PM

      Thank you Denise!!!

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