Despite news reports of a shortage of Christmas trees this year, we’re happy to report that Heritage Farm and Garden has several varieties available! We have Balsam Fir, Noble Fir, and Fraser Fir trees, each in sizes ranging from three to fifteen feet. Customers frequently ask which variety makes the best Christmas tree, but that can be like asking us to choose a favorite child. We love them all! Each variety is the great for different reasons. If you have a difficult time choosing, here’s the lowdown on the distinct varieties.
Balsam Fir trees have long been a favorite Christmas tree. They are pleasingly symmetrical, can grow to heights of 40-60 feet, and have a narrow, spire like tip (perfect for showing off that star!). The needles are dark green and glossy and the tree smells nice and spicy.
The Noble Fir is great if you aim to show off your ornaments and lights. It’s the largest native fir tree in the Americas, capable of growing over 100 feet tall and as wide as 30 feet at maturity. But it’s not just size that matters–several characteristics make it shine as a Christmas tree. First, the leaves turn slightly upward, which exposes the lower branches beautifully and makes it easy to display ornaments. Second, the branches are particularly stiff, so they can hold heavy ornaments better than some other varieties. Finally, Noble Firs keep well for a long period of time; if you like to keep your tree on display for a bit after the holiday wraps up, the Noble Fir is an excellent choice.
If you buy real trees primarily for that Christmas tree scent, the Fraser Fir is for you–they are very aromatic! They also have a nice, compact shape, keep their needles well, and easily withstand the stresses of shipping, so they’ve become the most popular Christmas tree in the United States. But we really love them because of the color. The needles are a beautiful dark green on the top with streaks of silvery-white on the underside, so the overall effect is a gorgeous blue-green color that’s hard to replicate.
We hope this helps you choose the right tree for you! As always, we love to answer questions and show you around, so don’t hesitate to stop an employee when you visit.