(West Virginia balsam fir)
Canaan Firs are beautiful trees that are closely related to the Balsam Fir. Their popularity as a cut Christmas tree has grown over the years because it is one of the longest lasting cut trees, remaining fresh from Thanksgiving through New Years! It has strong branches for hanging ornaments, an exceptional fragrance, and excellent needle retention. Canaan Fir has short, soft needles that are a lustrous dark green on the upper surface and a lovely silvery blue on the underside. The wonderful fragrance of the Canaan Fir rivals that of its cousin the Balsam Fir and it will fill the house with the delightful "scent of Christmas".
Fraser Fir Christmas Trees have a unique pyramid shape and its branches point upward giving the tree a nice compact exterior. Its needles have a lovely color and most remain on the tree even after the tree has been cut for quite a period. Fraser firs grow only at elevations above 4,500 feet. The Fraser Fir Christmas tree is the most popular Christmas tree in North America. A Fraser fir has soft, pleasant-to-touch needles, incomparable needle retention, long lasting aroma, and more pliable yet stronger branches for even the heaviest ornaments.
The Blue Spruce is a low fragrance tree. The needles range in color from dark green to bright blue. The Blue Spruce has short, sharp, very strong needles with good needle retention if kept watered. The needles are 1-1 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. It is this point which gives the species its name "pungens", from the Latin word for sharp, as in puncture wound. Needles are generally dull bluish-gray to silvery blue. The branches are very stiff, and can support the heaviest ornaments.
This is the original Christmas tree which Hessian soldiers introduced to the United States during the revolutionary war.
This is a short needled tree with stiff branches which are quite suitable for relatively heavy ornaments. The spacing between the branches is wide enough to allow for lights and ornaments deep into the foliage.
The Norway Spruce has a strong fragrance; and a nice conical shape. This is the most popular tree in Europe.