12 Types of Christmas Trees to Know Before Heading to the Farm (or Lot)
Festive goes way beyond Fraser fir.
Picking a Christmas tree isn’t all sugar plums and candy canes. Some—siblings, more often than not—play a tree tug-of-war of sorts every season. To be perfectly plump or symmetrically shaped: that is the question. Other times, the bickering is more broad, like choosing between the different types of Christmas trees altogether. While some think festive comes by way of fir, others say spruce is the most spirited of the season. Balsam fir smells spicy and divine, while Scotch pine makes for a rustic, bushy scene. Below, learn more about 12 types of Christmas trees that’ll make your home merry and bright in different—and all very dashing—ways. No matter which you pick, a freshly cut Christmas tree just can’t be topped.
Within the fleet of Christmas tree types, this is definitely the Rudolph: most popular, most dependable, and (arguably) most loved. Keep the tree watered early on to avoid premature needle shedding. You'll have a hard time getting your tree to regain moisture once it starts to dry up, so keep it hydrated from the get-go. This is one of the trees that'll fill your home with the scent of the season, to be sure.
Sound familiar? There's a reason why so many of our Christmas candles are named after the Balsam fir. It captures the quintessential Christmas scent that we know and love. It’s both dense and proportionately conical with dark green, flat needles, making it a pretty picture once decorated.
This member of the fir family stands out thanks to bicolor needles that are deep green on the top and white-striped underneath. It still has that traditional texture, but boasts a little something extra in its hue. The needles are softer, not as prickly as most Christmas tree types, making it a favorite of many.
Want something unique? Blue spruce trees have needles with a subtle silver-blue tinge, resulting in a more sage-like green appearance from afar. Though a tad prickly, its needles don't fall as quickly as some species of Christmas trees, meaning much less mess for you.
We love the fluffiness of the deep green needles on this tree, yet we can't help but always wonder if they'll really hold the heaviest of our ornaments. Douglas fir has a crisp winter scent that many love, and the full, bushy statement-making tree does well for those decorating with more minimalist decor.
You'll immediately get why this Christmas tree type is called "noble." Its lush, deep green branches curve ever-so-slightly upward, like the haughtiest of royal noses. In this case, it makes them perfect for loading on all of your holiday decorations.
Merry, bright green, and dense, the Norway spruce is a British favorite dating back to Victorian times. It grows naturally in the country (and can also be found in American households during the holidays) but drops its dense, spiky needles just a little too easily, in our opinion.
Looking for a rustic vibe? This dark green, bushy tree really ups the ante on country charm with its dashing bundles of branches that practically beg for some touches of burlap. Not to mention, it's also known for having better needle retention, which means less constant clean-up required.
If you're into bluish-green branches (that look almost tinged with frost), the white spruce is a festive option. The branches are short and sturdy, ready to take on your heavy ornaments and twinkling strings of lights.
These needles are perfect for swags and garland. Short, twisted, and dense, the bright yellow-green needles make a statement, but don't necessarily have the traditional texture of other types, like the Fraser fir. It does, however, boast a crazy-perfect conical shape. Any perfectionists out there?
Its feathery branches mean the Leyland Cypress is more suited for twinkling lights only. Make this tree part of your outdoor decor; the pyramid shape is aesthetically pleasing for those driving past on neighborhood tours. Why not show off a little?
Soft green color, long needles, and subtle fragrance is the name of the game when you choose this yuletide-worthy tree. Play up the texture of its long, thin needles with Christmas lights for a bold holiday look.
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