16 Different Types of Christmas Trees (With Pictures)
Most of us see Christmas trees every year and never give them much thought until we’re looking for something in particular. It’s only after seeing a tree we like and then trying to find a similar tree somewhere else that we realize that there are many different kinds of Christmas trees. If you are getting into the holiday spirit and are looking for a particular tree for your home, keep reading while we list several varieties you can choose from to help you be better informed. We’ll give you a short description and a picture for each to help you find the perfect one.
Types of Christmas Trees
1. Balsam Fir Tree
The Balsam Fir Tree is native to the United States and is one of the most common trees you’ll find due to its usefulness as a screen or windbreak. It also happens to make a great Christmas tree with its dark green color and spicy fragrance. The branches also make great wreaths.
2. Fraser Fir Tree
The Fraser Fir Tree is a smaller tree that you can only find in the southern Appalachian Mountains. It has a deep green color and pleasant fragrance. Its smaller size makes it perfect is for apartments and smaller homes.
3. Canaan Fir Tree
The Canaan Fir Tree can also be called the West Virginia Balsam Fir, and it is a rare tree that you can find only in isolated pockets high in the mountains. Some experts speculate the ice age is responsible for the odd distribution of these trees.
4. Douglas Fir Tree
The Douglas Fir Tree is a leading source of lumber in the United States that many woodworkers use for furniture and other applications, but it also makes a great Christmas tree. It’s a Hardy and sturdy tree that grows in most environments and lives a long time.
5. Grand Fir Tree
As you may have guessed by the name, the Grand Fir Tree is a large variety that can grow to 250 feet tall, so it’s better to use as an outdoor decoration. It has dense branches and long needles.
6. Noble Fir Tree
The Noble Fir Tree is native to the western United States and can get even larger than the Grand Fir, making it the largest native tree in North America. It has a long life span and is often the first to grow after a fire or other disturbance.
7. Concolor Fir
The Concolor Fir is a Midwestern evergreen that is attractive and adaptable. It makes a fantastic Christmas tree due to its densely packed branches and color, but it can grow to more than 130 feet tall and live more than 300 years in the wild.
8. White Pine Tree
The Eastern White Pine is a hardy and valuable tree that prefers moist but well-drained soil. It’s smaller than many other varieties, growing to only about 80-feet tall, but it grows more than 20-inches per year, making it a great choice for tree farms.
9. Scots Pine Tree
The Scots Pine, which many people mistakenly call the Scotch Pine, is the national tree of Scotland. It’s notable for its long needles and long straight trunk that makes a great Christmas tree.
10. Virginia Pine Tree
The Virginia Pine Tree is a medium-sized tree that grows well in poor soils. You usually find them from Long Island through the Appalachian Mountains into Tennessee and Alabama. It’s a smaller tree that normally grows between 18 and 60 feet tall, making it a great Christmas tree.
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11. Blue Spruce Tree
The Bruce blues is an extremely popular Christmas tree due to the blue-tinted needles and relatively robust growing range. It usually grows to only about 50 feet tall and has densely packed deep green branches.
12. Norway Spruce Tree
You can find the Norway Spruce tree throughout Europe, and it is notable for its branches that hang down and dark green color. It’s a popular Christmas tree in many countries, including in the United States.
13. White Spruce Tree
The White Spruce tree has one of the widest ranges in North America, growing all through Canada and the United States. Since it is so easy to find, it’s also one of the more popular Christmas trees. It’s a hardy tree that grows in most soils and keeps its needles for quite a while after you cut it down.
14. Arizona Cypress Tree
The Arizona Cypress is native to the southwestern United States and parts of Mexico. He usually grows naturally in large groups and can get to be 80 feet tall. Needles are generally gray or green.
15. Leyland Cypress Tree
The Leyland cypress tree is a fast-growing tree variety for tree farms. It can grow more than three feet each year, and it has a deep green color that’s perfect for decorating. People also use it to create privacy barriers between properties.
16. Red Cedar Tree
The Eastern Red Cedar is a slow-growing tree with a bushy appearance and strong branches. It usually grows to about 60 feet and is a popular Christmas tree, especially in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri.
As you can see, there are several species of Christmas tree that you can use in your home. Many times, choosing a variety that isn’t local can give you the change you are looking for, so if you live in the Eastern United States, selecting a Noble Fir or the Scots Pine will provide you with something you’re not used to seeing. We like the Blue Spruce because it’s easy to find, has a nice color, and stands out next to the others.
We hope you have enjoyed reading over this guide and found a few trees you would like to try out. If we have helped improve your holiday season, please share this guide to the different types of Christmas trees on Facebook and Twitter.
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- 1 Types of Christmas Trees
- 1.1 1. Balsam Fir Tree
- 1.2 2. Fraser Fir Tree
- 1.3 3. Canaan Fir Tree
- 1.4 4. Douglas Fir Tree
- 1.5 5. Grand Fir Tree
- 1.6 6. Noble Fir Tree
- 1.7 7. Concolor Fir
- 1.8 8. White Pine Tree
- 1.9 9. Scots Pine Tree
- 1.10 10. Virginia Pine Tree
- 1.11 11. Blue Spruce Tree
- 1.12 12. Norway Spruce Tree
- 1.13 13. White Spruce Tree
- 1.14 14. Arizona Cypress Tree
- 1.15 15. Leyland Cypress Tree
- 1.16 16. Red Cedar Tree
- 2 Summary