As I shared on Tuesday, I have become more interested in knowing about the business of Christmas trees in the US. I have started doing more research into the subject and I am hooked on the specifics! On Monday during our interview at Gaver Farm Laura shared a little about the differences between firs and pines. Blue Spruce, White Pine, Douglas Fir, Scotch Pine. If you’ve shopped for a real Christmas Tree you’ve heard or seen these names. I wanted to know what all my options were for trees so I turned to the web. Some of the best information I found came on the website Christmas Trees and More created by the University of Illinois Extension office. Guess how many types of Christmas Trees are grown in the United States- 8? 10? There are more than 20 varieties produced here in the US. I’ll share just a little about that with you now.
The first group includes Deodara Cedar, Eastern Red Dear and Leyland Cypress. These are more popular in the Southeast and the Cypress is a really good choice for those with allergies. Next up are the Pines. Afghan Pine (big in Texas), Austrian Pine, Red Pine (it’s actually green and bushy), Ponderosa Pine (may have 10″ needles!), Virginia Pine (strong aroma), and White Pine (largest pine in the US and state tree of Michigan and Maine). The Scotch Pine rounds out this group and is the most popular tree in the states. The Spruces are a third group to consider and include Black Hills Spruce (stiff needles), Norway Spruce (watch out for falling needles), White Spruce (state tree of South Dakota), and the Blue Spruce (state tree of Utah and Colorado and might live to be 600 years old!!). The final group is the firs made up of Grand Fir, Fraser Fir, Nordmann Fir (very popular in the UK), Concolor Fir (strong citrus scent), Balsam Fir (this tree’s resin was used to treat Civil War wounds), Noble Fir (sturdy and used for wreaths, swags, and garland), and the popular Douglas Fir (great scent and can live to be over 1,000 years old!).