Colorado Blue Spruce – Found throughout the central Rockies, this spruce borrows its name from the Centennial State and has stout, three-sided needles about three-quarters of an inch in length. Its foliage can vary in color from dark green to indigo blue, as pictured. Its sturdy branching and good needle retention make it a desirable Christmas tree while its excellent form and outstanding color make it the premier ornamental evergreen.
White Pine – Widely distributed throughout the forests of eastern North America, this tree, native to the Northeast, has soft, lacy, blue green foliage with needles about three to four inches in length. A very graceful-looking evergreen, its fragrance and excellent needle retention made it a popular Christmas tree for many years, especially in the traditional South. The only downfall being the inability to handle those larger heavy ornaments.
Douglas Fir – Found in the central Rockies, the hardy “blue” strain is widely used as a Christmas tree in the Northeast. Its lush, blue-green foliage with needles about one inch in length is very attractive. Its sturdy branching and outstanding needle retention make this evergreen a holiday favorite.
Fraser Fir – This stately fir native to the Great Smokey Mountains of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee, is closely related to its northern counterpart. Its soft emerald green needles with silvery undersides are about three-quarters of an inch in length. Its bottle brush texture, sturdy branching, and outstanding needle retention make it a superb Christmas tree whose popularity has grown rapidly in recent years.
Austrian Pine – Grows very well in the North East. It is a fragrant, deep green in color. Needles are 3 to 4 inches long and has excellent needle retention. The people who cut their tree early are advised to use this tree. The tree requires very little care and can be left up to 2 or 3 months without the tree deteriorating. It is a sturdy tree and decorates easily.
Scotch Pine – Known as the cosmopolitan tree of Europe, this conifer was one of the first plantation-grown Christmas trees in the United States. Its sharp, blue-green foliage with needles about two to three inches in length can be sheared to an appealing density. Its conical shape, excellent color and needle retention made it the Christmas tree of choice for many years.
White Spruce – This spruce is a decidedly Northland tree found throughout the lake-studded Canadian Shield and northern United States. Its delicate, bluegreen foliage with needles about one-half inch in length is very appealing. Given proper care, this tree also exhibits good needle retention and can be found most often in a choose & harvest plantation. Its excellent form and color make it an exceptional Christmas tree.
Concolor Fir – More commonly known as White Fir, this evergreen is widely distributed throughout the southwestern United States. Its soft, silveryblue foliage with flattened needles about two to three inches in length has a distinctive citrus aroma. Its outstanding color and excellent needle retention make it an increasingly popular Christmas tree.
Norway Spruce – The overall color of Norway spruce is a shiny green with needles under an inch in length. Needle retention is considered poor unless the trees are cut fresh and kept properly watered. Growth during the first 10 years after field planting is relatively slow and 8 to 11 years are required to grow a 6-7 foot tree.