Saturday, November 22, 2003

Tree traits

The top-selling Christmas trees, nationally, are balsam fir, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, Noble fir, Scotch pine, Virginia pine and white pine.

Here's information about some of the more popular trees sold in the Tristate:

Douglas fir: Dark green or blue-green needles, 1 to 11/2 inches long. Branches are spreading to drooping. The tree has a sweet fragrance.

Fraser fir: Strong branches that are turned slightly upward. Pyramid-shaped trees with flattened needles. The tree is similar to balsam fir, and has a balsam scent.

Scotch pine: Needles, 1-3 inches long, have excellent retention. Stiff, sturdy branches support heavy ornaments and lights.

White pine: Very long needles, 21/2 to 5 inches, with good to excellent retention. Little aroma, but this a plus for people with allergies.

Colorado blue spruce: Bluish-gray to silvery blue needles with retention among the best for spruces.

White spruce: Short, stiff needles with better needle retention than some of the other spruces. When crunched, needles have disagreeable odor.

Source: National Christmas Tree Association

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