On The Garden Path: Festive Trees

Festive trees are part of traditional American Christmas celebrations

| December 2007

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Many different types of trees make great Christmas trees - and each one has its own recognizable quality.

Here are a few good choices from the fir, pine and spruce families.

Douglas firs have been used as Christmas trees since the 1920s because of their beautiful, soft, blue-green needles and symmetrical shape. The needles on these popular trees are short and well-preserved.

Dark green in appearance, balsam firs have an attractive form and produce long-lasting needles. In addition, balsams have a pleasant fragrance that lasts throughout the holiday season.



Fraser firs are one of the most common species used as Christmas trees in the United States. They have good needle retention, a nice form and an excellent fragrance. They produce flat, dark green to dark blue-green needles ½- to 1-inch long, with round tips.

One of the most beautiful evergreens around is the Colorado blue spruce. They have a cone shape and sport thick, prickly needles that grow anywhere from ¾ inch to 1 ¼ inches long.






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