December 6, 2010 10:29 am
RISMEDIA, December 6, 2010--Last year, Americans bought a total of 28.2 million natural Christmas trees to decorate their home, with one in five families opting to cut their own. Visiting a tree farm to pick out your own can be a wonderful holiday tradition for the entire family to partake in. Regardless of where you purchase your tree, the National Christmas Tree Association offers the following information regarding tree types so that you can pick the perfect tree for you and your family.
Balsam fir. These trees are known for their wonderful fragrance and needle retention. Easy on the house and on the eyes, Balsam firs are also one of the least expensive trees you'll find. A Frasier fir is a nice tree to consider as well, says Plant Talk, the official blog for the New York Botanical Garden. They have a nice blue-green tint to them, and with its branches turn slightly upward, they ship nicely even after being tied up. Since they're in the fir family, they also share the Balsam's nice aromas and strong branches.
Blue spruce. Many consumers consider blue spruce trees to be the best looking tree you can buy. The downside: they're infamous for needle shedding. The branch structure may not be as sturdy and dependable as a fir, but if visual aesthetic is what you're looking for, a blue spruce is high on your option list.
Scotch pine. Yet another popular choice, scotch pines are known for their exceptionally bright green color and excellent needle retention (they rarely fall, even when dry). The branch structure can be questionable. If you have many remarkably heavy or expensive ornaments, choose a different tree.
Additional tips: When picking out a tree, be sure to run your arm along the branches to test their strength. Avoid any tree that appears to have bugs or rotting. Make sure to keep in mind that your tree be at least one foot shorter than the ceiling in the display room (the stand will always add extra height). Keep your tree away from any heating vents, and as always, be sure to turn off the lights whenever you leave the home.