These articles are written to apply to the northeastern corner of Illinois. Problems and timing may not apply outside of this area.
Christmas Tree Selection Time Again
November 25, 1999
This weekend kicks off the holiday season, including the process of finding the perfect Christmas tree. Most area cut-your-own tree farms will be opening, along with many retail lots. While all are evergreens, all Christmas trees are not the same.
Pines, the most commonly planted species of Christmas trees in the North
Central United States, are a popular group. Pines have longer needles
than the other species, and typically appear "full" because
of the arrangement of needles and branches. Scotch or Scots pine is popular
and very common in tree lots and on cut-your-own farms. As with most trees,
a number of cultivars are available, varying in color, needle length,
and overall appearance.
Firs, which have short, flat needles, make up another popular group of Christmas trees. Balsam fir is a traditional favorite, with excellent fragrance and form. Fraser fir, which features excellent color and fragrance, has been increasing in popularity. Douglas fir, not actually a true fir, also has visual appeal and good needle retention.
Finally, spruces have short needles and branches that hold loads of decorations
well. White spruce and Norway spruce have been traditional favorites,
but needle retention is poor for both once the tree is cut and brought
inside. Colorado blue spruce, a common landscape
When trying to decide on which tree to get, survey the family and then survey the Christmas tree farm or retail lot. With all of these choices, you can't go wrong! Get out early to take advantage of more favorable weather and better selection than what may be the case later in December.
And be sure to visit our Christmas Trees & More website.