Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Christmas Trees

Fiesta Gardens lets its branches fly free, so you can see how the tree looks unfurled.

Think of a kid’s drawing of a Christmas tree: A pointy green shape with jagged edges. They all look alike, don’t they? Nope, they don’t. Here’s a tour of the  many different kinds of trees in Fiesta Gardens Christmas tree lot. Use as a guide to help you choose one. Some are strongly scented, some have blue-green leaves, some are old standards, and some newer. The trees on the Fiesta lot hang suspended, so you can see the shape and qualities of each variety. Fiesta carries trees from 2 feet to 8 feet, so there’s bound to be something to fit your space, even if it’s a Charlie Brown tree.

This weekend, we start serving complimentary roasted chestnuts and hot chocolate in the tree lot, so come in and get first pick to find your perfect tree. We will even keep it on our lot till you are ready to install it. And yes, we also deliver! ($23)

Balsam Fir, the most fragrant tree.

1. Balsam Fir
• Most strongly scented tree, with that real Christmas tree fragrance. Like all firs, it has flat needles, rounded at the tips.
• Good for people who keep tree up for a short time only, as the needles are the “droppiest”
• Very soft branches with an upright growth
• If you buy a different tree, make sure you have some Balsam Fir branches to use as a scent sachet.

Serbian Spruce Christmas Tree

 

2. Serbian Spruce
• Two-toned look, green and greenish-blue, with both upright and down-hanging fronds.
• An old-world storybook appearance, very graceful.

Nordmann Fir Christmas Tree.

 

 

3. Nordmann Fir
• Excellent fragrance and needle retention
• Branch strength is moderate, fairly open growth, with lots of room to hang ornaments.
• Growth somewhat horizontal, elegant.
• Very distinctive smooth trunk, with open pattern of needles appearing like a five o’ clock shadow.
• Shiniest needles, dark green, with waxy sheen on top edge, with underside quite glaucous
• Very soft, rounded needle tips, so no way you will snag your pantyhose on this one.

 

Fraser Fir Christmas Tree

Fraser Fir Christmas Tree

4. Fraser Fir
• Second strongest fragrance, after Balsam Fir.
• Two-tone, pronounced blue colour on underside, with green on top.
• Upright branches, so good for hanging ornaments, will bring branch to more horizontal level.
• Needles do not drop, apart from a few when moving and setting up. Generally stay on right till January
• Branches are slightly stiffer and bristlier than some others. Needles are soft and rounded on the ends.
• Less densely packed needles, more of the branch shows

Scotch Pine Christmas Tree.

Scotch Pine Christmas Tree.

5. Scotch Pine
• Excellent needle retention
• Moderate branch strength and fragrance
• Very upright branches, bushy, slightly prickly texture
• Classic Canadian Christmas tree, (at least in my childhood.)

Noble Fir Christmas Tree

Noble Fir Christmas Tree

6. Noble Fir
• All over blue-green colour
• Branches are horizontal with a slight upward oblique slant, good strength for ornaments.
• Good fragrance, excellent needle retention
• Flat needles with rounded tips (Like all the firs)
• Very soft needles, not shiny. Almost like a bottle brush in appearance, dense, with many needles on each branch stem.

 

White Pine Christmas Tree.

White Pine Christmas Tree.

7. White Pine
• Extremely soft, long needles
• Great fragrance
• Branches are flexible
• Extremely soft needles make it safe around children and pets
• Light decorations only

 

Concolor Fir Christmas Tree.

Concolor Fir Christmas Tree.

8. Concolor Fir
• Blue-green needles
• Citrus scent; good needle retention.
• Has almost a look of a rosemary plant

9. Natural Balsam Fir
• Au naturel, Ungroomed, unclipped, unfertilized, straight from the tree field. (Not from the wild)

Live Norway Spruce Christmas Tree, in a pot.

Live Norway Spruce Christmas Tree, in a pot.

10. Live Norway Spruce in a pot
• For those who hate to kill a tree, even farmed ones
• Dig a hole ahead of time, as well as buy a few bags of soil to keep around for planting.
• Tree will live for 10 days in the house, after which it will grow in your garden.

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