The trees of Christmas past – and future!

tscotch[1]Scotch Pine
Approximately 1 in. in length, these needles don’t even fall when they’re dry, providing excellent needle retention. The color is a bright green. The most common Christmas tree in the U.S., the scotch pine has an excellent survival rate, is easy to replant, has great keepability and will remain fresh throughout the holiday season. Scotch or Scots pine is an introduced species which has been widely planted for the purpose of producing Christmas trees.

 

 

White PineE-white-pine-bough[1]
The largest pine in the U.S., the White Pine has soft, flexible needles and is bluish-green in color. Needles are 2½ – 5 in. long. White Pine’s have good needle retention, but have little aroma. They aren’t recommended for heavy ornaments. Beginning with the British colonists, eastern white pine (or white pine) has proven to be one of the most important and most desirable species of North America. White pine is considered to be the largest pine in the United States.

 

 

Blue_Spruce_Needles[1]Blue Spruce
Blue Spruce aka Colorado Blue Spruce has a symmetrical form and attractive blue foliage. Leaves (needles) are 1 – 1/2 inches long on lower branches but somewhat shorter on upper branches. They are 4-sided and have a very sharp point on the end.

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas FirDouglas_Fir_needles2[1]
These soft needles are dark green – blue green in color and are approximately 1 – 1 ½ in. in length. The douglas fir needles radiate in all directions from the branch. When crushed, these needles have a sweet fragrance. They are one of the top major Christmas tree species in the U.S. The needles are dark green or blue green, 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, soft to the touch and radiate out in all directions from the branch. They have a sweet fragrance when crushed.

 

 

FraserFir[1]Fraser Fir
The Fraser fir branches turn slightly upward. They have good form and needle-retention. They are dark blue-green in color. They have a pleasant scent, and excellent shipping characteristics as well. The species is sometimes called Southern balsam or Southern balsam fir. Fraser fir is a uniformly pyramid-shaped tree which reaches a maximum height of about 80 feet and a diameter of 1-1.5 feet. Strong branches are turned slightly upward which gives the tree a compact appearance. Leaves (needles) are flattened, dark-green with a medial groove on the upper side and two broad silvery-white bands on the lower surface.

 

Concolor Firconcolor_fir[1]
These small, narrow needles are around 1 – 1 ½ in. in length and occur in rows. They have good foliage color, good needle retention, and a pleasing shape and aroma.

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