8 Christmas Tree Types That Will Look Gorgeous in Your Home

Audrey Bruno
Written by Audrey Bruno
Updated November 22, 2021
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Picking a Christmas tree might seem straightforward, but the wide variety of options to choose from makes the process surprisingly challenging. From white spruce to Fraser fir, each Christmas tree type comes with a handful of pros and cons worth considering before deciding to hang your ornaments on it. 

This list will help you better understand what to ask for on your trip to the Christmas tree farm, whether you’re looking for something tall and full, short and slender, or fragrant enough to make your entire home smell like a forest.

Fir Trees

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You can identify fir trees by their unique grouping of needles, which grow directly from the branch and are shaped like suction cups at the base. That extra support makes their leaves the perfect vessel for hanging both light and heavy ornaments. 

These are a few of the most common types of fir trees you’ll often see as Christmas trees.

1. Balsam Fir

Shaped like a cone, the needles of this tree are densely packed and dark in color. Though it can grow up to 66 feet in height, it’s not difficult to find this type of Christmas tree in small and medium sizes. You’ll love the way they fill up your home with evergreen aromas.

2. Fraser Fir

Known as the Cadillac of Christmas trees, this option features shades of silver and gold, needles that are soft to the touch, and an aroma from the trunk that you’ll adore. It’s not hard to see why so many hang their ornaments on this tree.

3. Douglas Fir

This genus makes up almost half of the total Christmas trees grown in the United States. Their leaves are flat and soft and shaded in hues of blue and green, and this tree’s fragrance is just as strong as the rest.

Pine Trees

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Though pine trees are perhaps most famously associated with Christmas, they aren’t the most popular variety. These are two of the most common types of pines you’ll see around this time of year.

4. White Pine

The needles on this tree grow in bundles rather than individually. While beautiful, this aspect means that these trees can’t typically support heavy ornaments or decorations. And you’ll quickly discover that this type of pine gives off little-to-no aroma, too.

5. Scotch Pine

Scotch pines tend to be the most popular option of the two because their needles are stronger in more ways than one. They’re sturdy enough to provide support to even your heaviest ornaments, and this strength also means they don’t fall off easily. Picking this option can be an easy way to minimize pine needle cleaning sessions this holiday season.

Spruce Trees

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Unlike firs and pines, which are typically large and densely packed, spruce trees are defined by their whorled branches and scaly bark. Though many spruce options may seem sparse, that’s just a part of their unique appearance.

6. Norway Spruce

Though beautiful, this variety of spruce doesn’t last long after harvesting. Without consistent watering, the needles of this tree will begin to fall and dry after just a week or two. If you choose this tree, make sure it’s well into December to ensure a beautiful tree on Christmas morning.

7. Blue Spruce

This genus, sometimes known as Colorado blue spruce, is famous for its unmistakable shades of blue and silver, as well as its strong, sturdy branches that are great for holding ornaments. It’s also reliably symmetrical (perfect for photoshoots) and won’t lose its needles easily.

8. White Spruce

Also known as Canadian spruce, this type of Christmas tree is bluish-green in color and has short, stubby needles that don’t fall off easily. However, its branches aren’t great for hanging decorations. White Spruces also don’t tend to smell great, especially when their needles are crushed or broken.

3 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Christmas Tree Type for Your Home

Even if you’ve decided that a certain type of Christmas tree is the one for you based on looks alone, there are a handful of other factors you should consider to be sure you’re making the best choice. From the size of your ornaments to the day you’re planning to get the Christmas tree, here’s what you should know.

1. Think About The Types of Decorations You’ll Be Using

If you’re a fan of heavy ornaments or garlands, you’ll need a tree that can carry those additional pounds and look good while doing it. In these instances, blue spruce and scotch pines have long, strong branches that can bear the extra weight. And if you can’t imagine Christmas without a star at the top of the tree, make sure to choose a type that will hold it in place all season long, like balsam or Fraser fir.

2. Factor In When You’re Planning to Get the Tree

The sooner you get your tree, the sooner it’s going to wilt and dry out. Some prefer to start the Christmas season as soon as Halloween is over. If this is you, opt for long-lasting tree types like Fraser firs rather than ones that will die quickly like a Norway spruce. 

Even these trees will need proper care and watering to ensure they look good when Christmas finally arrives (and to ensure you don’t have to dispose of your Christmas tree before the big day). If you’re not up to the task with all the other things on your holiday to-do list, you might be better off opting for an artificial tree.

3. Keep an Eye on Christmas Tree Prices In Your Area

Christmas tree prices can range from as little as $50 to as much as $300 depending on the type and size you choose and when you decide to buy it. Odds are, the options at your Christmas tree farm will be more expensive at the beginning of the season when demand is higher, but those prices may fall the longer you wait.

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