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Eyeing a Blue Spruce? Read our advice below.

In a matter of days, vacant urban spaces and corners of parking lots will soon come to life. Beneath a garland of glowing lights, a mixed variety of little green trees will be waiting to be purchased by a loving family and taken home to be adorned as the centerpiece for the holidays.

Ah, the Christmas tree.

Probably just as difficult as finding the right gift for that special someone, is picking out the perfect Christmas tree. With so many to choose from, we thought we’d help narrow down a few top choices. That way, when the time comes, you’re armed and ready so you can get to the fun part; trimming the tree whilst enjoying some good ol’ fashioned eggnog.

Five Christmas Trees Perfect for Trimming

Doug Fir

We’ll begin with one of the most popular choices and our top pick: the Doug Fir Christmas tree.

While not a true fir tree, the Dour Fir is a local favorite because it grows in the Pacific Northwest and is readily available. (It even has a lounge in Portland named after it!) Its bushy, cone-like shape offers plenty of branches for decorating. The needles range in color from dark green to blue-green and emit a slightly sweet fragrance. The needles are also softer than many other varieties so you don’t have to worry about wounding yourself once you get the lights untangled and are ready to hang them on the tree. A Doug Fir Christmas tree is also one of the more affordable options as they tend to cost less than many other popular types of trees.


Noble trees are another popular choice because if they are cared for correctly after being cut, they tend to stay fresh longer than other varieties. They are a good choice for those who like to have their tree up for an extended period. The branches are sturdy and somewhat exposed due to the way the needles grow. This allows them to support heavier ornaments and decorations.

Blue Spruce

The Blue Spruce variety of trees is a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to the pros and cons. The ashy blue-grey color creates a beautiful backdrop for your Christmas tchotchke. Overall, the tree has an attractive, symmetrical shape and is slow to lose needles after being cut. The downside to Blue Spruce trees is that the needles are sharp. In fact, it is noted in its species name; Picea pungens Englem. Pungens is the Latin word that describes a puncture wound. Another unfortunate feature of this tree variety is that it will give off a foul odor when the needles are crushed. Eeek!

Grand Fir

If you desire something a little more… well, grand, then you might consider a Grand Fir tree. While they are one of the tallest growing fir trees, they are also one of the thickest in terms of foliage and have a strong resemblance to a Doug Fir Christmas tree. Their needles are a dark shade of green and have a hint of shine to them. The strong, nostalgic fragrance is the epitome of the holiday season.

White Pine

Perhaps something a little less fragrant is more your style. The White Pine tree produces fewer aromatic emissions, so to speak, than other trees. This tree variety has long, soft needles in a blue-green hue. Once cut, retention of the needles is fairly good. This variety is a good choice for lightweight ornaments because the needles and branches tend to be a bit more flexible than other trees.

Portland Tree Experts – Christmas Trees and More

Our vast knowledge of all things tree related doesn’t end here. Trees are our business! At Arbor Pro, our certified arborists are available to offer you assistance with routine tree care, hazard removal and prevention, or simply answer all of your burning questions about selecting a Doug Fir Christmas tree or how to remove a partridge in a pear tree. For a free estimate or to schedule a consultation, give the experts at Arbor Pro a call today. Happy Holidays!

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