Top Ten Christmas Trees

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The Most Popular Christmas Tree Species Sold in North America

by Steve Nix, Guide


 #1 – Fraser Fir    Fraser fir was named for Scot botanist John Fraser who explored the southern

Appalachians in the late 1700’s.

#2 – Douglas Fir  The tree was named after David Douglas who studied the tree in the 1800’s.

 #3 – Balsam Fir – The tree was named for the balsam or resin found in blisters on bark and which

was used to treat wounds in Civil War.

 #4 – Colorado Blue SpruceThe spruce was chosen in 1978 and planted as the official living White

House Lawn Christmas tree.

 # 5 – Scotch Pine   A true pine, Scots pine was imported from Europe and is not native to America.

It was first used in reforestation efforts in the New World.

#6 – Eastern Red Cedar  The Eastern red cedar is mainly a regional favorite and has been a traditional Christmas tree of the South.

 #7 – White Spruce  White spruce is a tree of the northeast US and Canada.   The tree is excellent for

heavy ornaments. White spruce is the state tree of South Dakota.

#8 – Eastern White Pine – White pine has been valued as a timber tree for centuries but can be cultivated for a Christmas tree if heavily sheared.  The tree is sought by people who suffer from allergic reactions to more fragrant trees.

#9 – White Fir or Concolor Fir   White fir is one of the longest-needled firs and is sometimes mistaken for a pine.

#10 – Virginia Pine  Virginia pine has only recently been used as a Christmas tree. It tolerates warmer temperatures and has been developed as a southern alternative to Scotch pine.

Photo: amburix

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