Birds & Blooms

5 HOLIDAY TREES

Traits to consider when picking your ideal tree.

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1 You Love Pine Cones White Spruce (Picea glauca)

The white spruce has short, blunt-tipped needles. They are bluish green or green and produce clusters of attractive pine cones. Their branches are stiff and hold ornaments well.

2 You Love Evergreen Decor Veitch Fir (Abies veitchii)

These trees have soft, full growth and hold their bright green needles well. The boughs are excellent for making wreaths and filling window boxes. They smell a bit citrusy.

3 You Love the Scent Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)

This tree features flat dark green needles about ¾ inch long and an attractive, dense form. Most notably, balsam

firs have the strongest traditiona­l Christmas scent.

4 You Have Pets

Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)

These silvery blue needles are between 1 and 1½ inches long and have sharp, pointy ends, making pets less likely to climb or paw at the tree. The branches are stiff and ideal for heavier ornaments.

5 You Need It to Travel Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri)

The dark blue-green needles have silvery undersides and grow about ¾ inch long. Branches tip upward and resemble a bottlebrus­h. This tree’s compact form and excellent needle retention make it a popular precut tree that ships well.

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