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How To Choose The Perfect Christmas Tree for Your Family

Here are some tips to help you pick out the right fresh Christmas tree... make it a new yearly tradition for your family to really kickstart the festive season!

What makes the “best” Christmas tree? Having grown Christmas trees and planted hundreds, I can agree with the old adage that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Your favourite Christmas tree may look entirely different from someone else’s. Size, shape, branch density, needle length, colour, and fragrance are some personal preferences that will lead to the final decision.

For many of us, there is a specific tree species that just “smells like Christmas” because we grew up with that type.

Each tree species has certain characteristics that have made it popular. Whether it’s the rigidity of the branch tips, how well it retains its needles, or a homely fresh Christmas fragrance, each variety has something special to offer.

Within a single species, the pruning affects overall shape and branch density: natural growth tends to be more open, frequent shearing leads to dense branches.


There are many different types of trees that are commonly sold as Christmas trees. Here are the most popular varieties and what you need to know about each.


Nordman fir has longer needles than the Noble or Fraser firs, giving it a softer look. The needles are deep, glossy green and have needle retention similar to that of both the Noble and Fraser firs.


This popular option is a great choice for a living Christmas tree. In addition to the unique blue-green or gray-green foliage, it features a good shape and dense branches when young.


Scotch pine is the most heavily planted fresh Christmas tree variety. Its needles are 1-3 inches long and medium green. Needle retention is excellent, even when it dries out.


Potted trees are becoming increasingly popular each year because they can be planted in your garden after being inside at Christmas. Go for the size and type that suits your garden style.

The most important thing to keep in mind while shopping for the best fresh Christmas tree is that all natural trees can have slight physical imperfections. Some even contain grass from being grown in the field. This reminds us not to take decorating too seriously or obsess over re-doing the kids attempt to make it more perfect. Allow the natural beauty of the tree to take centre stage for your holiday decor, and have fun!


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