The Fraser Fir was named for a botanist, John Fraser, who explored the southern Appalachians in the late 1700’s.
Its uniform pyramid-shape, needle retention, dark blue-green color on the topside and silvery color underneath along with its pleasant scent has led to the Fraser Fir being one of the most popular Christmas trees in recent years. Many people consider it to be the most beautiful Christmas tree you can put in your home.
They have soft flattened needles; ½ to 1 inch long that are slightly rounded at the tip. While considered to be a full tree, the branches leave enough space to allow you to hang your ornaments and lights somewhat on the inside of the tree, providing more depth in the tree’s appearance. The branches are firm and strong which turn upward, and capable of holding just about any ornament or family heirloom.
This tree will stay fresh and fragrant from Thanksgiving through New Years.
The Balsam Fir is named for the balsam or resin found in blisters on bark. Resin is used to make microscope slides and was sold like chewing gum; used to treat wounds in Civil War.
The Balsam Fir has a wonderful fragrance – what many refer to as the “Smell of Christmas”. In addition to its wonderful fragrance, the Balsam Fir has a slightly tapered shape, a rich dark green color, strong branches with soft needles ~ ¾ to 1 ½ inches with rounded tips and very good needle retention.
While the Balsam Fir won’t last quiet as long as a Fraser or Canaan Fir, it will stay fresh for the entire month of December with a little care, and plenty of water.
The Canaan Fir (pronounced ka-nane) is a realitively newcomer to the Christmas tree market.
It is very unique in that it shares the best characteristics of the Fraser Fir and the Balsam Fir. While maintaining the appearance of the Frasser Fir, the Canaan has the fragrance of the Balsam Fir.
The Canaan is a slightly tapered, but full tree. The needles are short, soft, and rounded with a dark green topside and a silver accent underneath. The branches are thick and sturdy, but still leave enough room to hang ornaments closer to the center of the tree.
Like the Fraser, this tree will stay fresh and fragrant from Thanksgiving through New Years.
The Blue Spruce is an old fashioned country Christmas tree with a unique rich fragrance. It gets its name from the color of its needles, ranging in color from bluish green to blue. This tree has extremely sturdy branches that are well suited to hold larger ornaments. The Blue Spruce has very stiff needles; ¾ to 1 ½ inches long. Needles will drop in a warm room. With its dense foliage, it is an excellent choice for decorating.
It is the state tree of Utah & Colorado. In its natural environment the Blue Spruce can live for 600-800 years.
The Concolor Fir is known for its stately pyramid shape, citrus fragrance and good needle retention.
It has soft long blue/green needles and is very striking when planted in a landscape.
The Concolor Fir requires extra attention to grow to maturity, and as a result, it is not available in many areas of the country. We are proud to offer the Concolor Fir as one of our tree varieties grown on our own farm.
It has been suggested that the Concolor Fir is the ideal choice for people who suffer from tree related allergies. When dried, the needles make a nice potpourri.
In its natural environment the Concolor Fir can live up to 350 years.