CHRISTMAS TREE SPECIES
These trees are thick, hardy tree that hold their needles well over the holidays. The colour of a Scotch pine is variable; some trees may be blue-green while others are yellow-green. The needles are about four to eight centimeters long. The cones grow in groups of two to three and are up to eight centimeters long; making them a beautiful natural ornament to this traditional tree.
The needles of spruce and fir trees are quite similar, but on spruce, the needles are square to round in profile and will roll between your fingers.
The strong slender branches hold ornaments well and its dense foliage, symmetrical proportions make it a very beautiful Christmas tree. Spruce trees needs lots of water and must be watered regularly to prevent needle loss
These trees have soft needles and branches. White pine are beautiful trees, however, the soft, droopy branches make this tree difficult to decorate; especially with heavy ornaments.
This tree has excellent needle retention and is easily identifiable by the long, soft, flexible needles.
This trees needles are generally dull bluish-gray to silvery blue and emit a strong evergreen scent. Some trees have a more distinct bluish-white or silvery-white foliage.
The needles are very sharp, making this tree very difficult to decorate. That being said, the blue spruce is an attractive tree often used for Christmas trees or as ornamentals.
The needles are two to three centimeters in length, are rounded at the tip and are a dark, shiny green in colour. Unlike spruce needles, fir needles are flat and will not roll between your fingers.
As a Christmas tree, balsam fir has several desirable properties. It has a dark-green appearance, long-lasting needles, and attractive form. It also retains its pleasing fragrance.
This species has a reddish bark, giving it the nickname of “red fir”. Norway Spruce produces cones 4-7 inches in length, with wedge-shaped scales. These cones are the largest of any spruce species.
The overall color of Norway spruce is fair to excellent, but needle retention is considered poor unless the trees are cut fresh and kept properly watered
These trees have strong branches that are turned slightly upward which gives the tree a compact appearance.
Needles are half inch to one inch long, have a broad circular base, and are usually dark green on the top of the branch, lighter on the underneath. The combination of form, needle retention, dark blue-green color, pleasant scent make Fraser Fir a very popular Christmas tree.
Eastern White Cedar is a slender growing conifer often used as a decorative tree or a hedge. This tree is an effective privacy screen even in winter and a great long term solution to urban crowding or a drab yard.
In recent years they have become a common alternative from the traditional Christmas tree.