The Most Popular Christmas Tree Species Sold in North America
by Steve Nix, About.com 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.
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