Trees We Like
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Trees We Like

This list contains many people's top picks for Christmas trees. Scent, subtleties of needle color, and planting information is all here.

Douglas Fir

Boasting a pyramidal shape and blunt, blue-to-dark-green needles, Pseudotsuga menziesii is a dependably long-lived cut tree. It flourishes in mild, humid climates with dry summers.

Eastern White Pine

Soft-green color, long needles, and rich fragrance make Pinus strobus worthy of yuletide focus. Adaptable, fast growing, and moisture loving, it produces long, decorative pinecones.

Noble Fir

With its cool blue-green, well-spaced branches and densely set, upwardly curved needles, Abies nobilis is aptly named. It's most often a cut tree, since it grows happily only in its Pacific Northwest home.

Virginia Pine

One of the few evergreens to tolerate warm winter temps, Pinusvirginiana is a first pick among Christmas trees for Southerners. It's also a good cut tree because, like all pines, it holds its needles well.

Grand Fir

With bicolor needles -- deep green on top, white-striped underneath -- Abiesgrandis makes a rich foil for ornaments. It grows well where winters are long, summers are cool, and the air is humid and pristine.

Scotch Pine

A classic conical shape and excellent needle retention make Pinus sylvestris the most popular cut tree of the holidays. It's also easy to grow because it tolerates a wide range of climates and soils.

Frasier Fir

A regal, richly fragrant native tree, Abies fraseri has bicolor needles -- deep green on top, silvery-white below. Its generally slender profile suits small rooms. Grow it only in cold-winter, cool-summer climates.

Eastern Red Cedar

Native to the eastern half of the United States, Juniperus virginiana makes a cut or living tree with homespun appeal and pungent fragrance. In the landscape, it tolerates drought, wind, and cold.