Christmas trees: What's the difference?


What is the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Christmas decorations?

If you said a Christmas tree, you are probably not the only one who guessed that.

Christmas trees have become a staple of the holiday season, but people often take their time to decide the type of tree to buy. This raises the question, what really makes Christmas trees so different from each other?

The most obvious difference includes their appearance. They all have different patterns, colors and growth patterns. Some can grow one foot per year, while others take longer to develop. Often, the "perfect" Christmas tree can take several years before it is in an ideal state to be sold.

Trees also vary in width, and selections are often made according to the amount of space available for the tree. Larger trees always seem denser and full, but slender trees can also be a great addition to any space.

In addition, the color is found on a spectrum of different shades of green depending on the type. The needles on trees can vary from blue to dark green to light green and silvery white.

Tree service companies can often explain the things that distinguish the most popular types of Christmas trees, including:

  • Douglas Fir: Douglas Fir sprouts at a rate of foot by year shaped pyramid and live for a long time. They are fuller and vary in branch color from blue to dark green.
  • Fraser Fir: This type of tree can take between eight and ten years to grow and develop before it is ready to be sold. Fraser fir are thinner, smelly and have softer needles.
  • Noble Fir: These fragile trees have large, robust branches and take at least eight years to be ready for sale. Due to its large branches, Nobles Firs tend to be more scattered.
  • Large Fir: It takes between eight and nine years to grow, these trees are some of the most fragrant available. The big trees are also very full with two-colored needles.
  • Blue spruce: Blue spruces have more thorny needles and require eight to nine years for a period of ideal growth.

All Christmas trees are different, but there are safety tips that apply to all trees to keep in mind during the holiday season.

When a tree is placed inside a house, it should not be near sources of heat. According to, more than 200 fires start each year with a Christmas tree or holiday lighting, so it's best to keep it away from places where it's hot.

Moreover, the more dry a tree is, the more it can ignite. Make sure to keep the tree in the water at all times to prevent it from drying out too quickly. The signs of a dry tree include fragile branches and needles.

Once it's time for a tree to come down, discard it properly, making sure that precautions are taken throughout the process.

Although all Christmas trees are different, they all serve the same purpose: to be a symbol for the Christmas season. Good decoration!


Source by Christina S.

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