‘Tis the season to shop for a Christmas tree! Walking onto a tree lot without knowing what kind of tree is best for your family can feel overwhelming!
In Pennsylvania, you’ll find 3 main types of Christmas trees: Pine, Spruce and Fir. But, there are subtle differences within each species variety.
Here are some tips that will make your tree search a little easier and quickly have you back home drinking warm cocoa and singing Oh Tannenbaum!
Pine Christmas Trees are Cost Friendly
The needles of Pine Trees can vary from the sharp needles of a Scotch Pine to the softer needles of a White Pine. Overall needle retention is excellent and the tree will look vibrant and healthy through the holiday season. Since Pines are a fast growing variety, the price tag is usually very attractive and you can get a larger tree at a smaller cost.
Spruce Christmas Trees come in a beautiful spectrum of color
The needles of Spruce Trees are much sharper than any other Christmas tree variety. Some homeowners prefer the sharper needles to deter pets and keep kids from playing with the ornaments. You may get more needle drop with a Spruce, but there’s no mistaking the beautiful coloring of this ornamental tree, especially the Blue Spruce. Within the Blue Spruce family alone we find a broad range of blue-greens that are sure to make your ornaments sparkle!
Fir Trees have that distinct Christmas Tree scent
If you want that crisp Christmas tree smell, go with a Fir. This dark green tree has been a popular choice for generations, and its strong branches can easily hold heavier ornaments. The Balsam Fir has the strongest scent; while Douglas and White Firs are a little milder. Firs in general have soft needles, so they’re much easier to set up without cutting your hands. They’re also safer for kids and pets.
No matter which type of Christmas tree you choose, do a quick needle test at the lot to make sure it’s fresh and will last through the holiday season. Pick up the tree by the trunk and tap it down on the ground a few times. A little bit of droppage is ok, but if it’s raining needles move on to the next tree. Do a branch test by gently pulling from the inside of the branch out to see if a lot of needles fall off. You’ll also want to check that the tree is fresh. According to the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association website, you should “bend a needle in half with your fingers. Fresh firs should snap, while fresh pines bend and should not break.”
Always practice Christmas tree safety by keeping your tree hydrated and away from heat sources. Use indoor lights and be sure to unplug them when not in use. Click here to watch what happens when fire touches a dry tree versus a well-watered tree!
If you have any questions about how to choose your Christmas Tree, give your Giroud Arborist a call at 215-682-7704!
Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!