Types of Christmas Trees

Among the natural ones, species of pine, fir and spruce are the most common types of Christmas trees. Other than these real ones, one can also buy artificial Christmas trees.
CelebrationJoy Staff
Think Christmas, think of the Christmas tree. Along with Santa Claus and his sledge pulled by reindeers, the Christmas tree has become synonymous with Christmas. Other than buying gifts for friends and family, every individual wants to bring a Christmas tree home. For those who want to shop for a tree, there are many options, as there are many different types of Christmas trees available in the market. Before that, let us know a little about the history of our favorite Christmas trees.

History of the Christmas Tree

Although Christmas tree has become a symbol of Christianity, its beginnings can be traced back to before the founding of the religion itself. Evergreen trees used to be held in great reverence in various cultures even before the advent of Christianity. It was so because, with the year round foliage, the trees represented bountifulness. Some people also hung boughs of these trees in their homes as symbol of prosperity and protection against evil forces.

There is no clear consensus about how and where did the concept of Christmas tree in Christianity originated. However, one popular line of thought links it with St. Boniface. It is said that he cut down the Donar Oak which stood for Thor, the Norse God of Thunder. This he did to confute the legitimacy of the Norse Gods to the Germanic tribes that lived in Geismar, a German town. There was a fir tree growing close to the roots of the Oak tree. He used the tree to proclaim the legitimacy of Christ and since then, the tree has become a sign of Christianity.

Different Types of Christmas Trees

For those who want to know about the many varieties of Christmas trees out there, there are lots of options. There are natural as well as artificial Christmas tree types that are being offered on sale in shops. For the natural ones, the most common varieties are the fir, spruce, and pine tree species. Some of the common types are as follows:

White Pine
Although the largest kind in the US, white pine is not recommended for those who want to hang heavy ornaments on the tree. It has soft, flexible needles that are bluish green in color and are 2 to 5 inches long. The tree has full appearance and retains the needles all throughout the holiday season. However, it lacks fragrance. Nevertheless, it causes less allergic reactions as compared to the other more aromatic types.

Fraser Fir
With its strong branches and slightly upturned needles, the Fraser fir has a good pyramidal shape and form. The small needles that average in length to up to 1/2 to 1 inches are easier to decorate as compared to those with long needles. This tree has a nice scent and good needle retention as well.

White Spruce
The white spruce has short needles that are 1/2 to 3/4 inches long. These are tough and have blunt tips. The tree also has sturdy branches. All these characteristics make this spruce tree a good choice for those who want to put lot of Christmas ornaments on their tree. Although needle retention is good, the leaves give out an unpleasant odor when crushed.

Balsam Fir
The balsam fir is popularly grown as Christmas tree in the north eastern and north central regions of United States. It has bluish-green flattish needles that are 3/4 to 1 and 1/2 inches long. The branches are soft but sturdy enough to hold a number of Christmas ornaments. With its sweet fragrance to add to the list of its positive characteristics, the balsam fir is a favorite of many who want to go shopping for Christmas trees.

Scotch Pine
Introduced to the United States by European settlers, this pine tree species has become a very popular type of Christmas tree. It has bright green needles that are about 1 inch long. This tree has excellent needle retention as they don't fall even when it's dry. With its open appearance and strong branches, the tree provides excellent option for decoration.

Other types of Christmas trees are:
  • Colorado Blue Spruce
  • Leyland Cypress
  • Virginia Pine
  • Douglas Fir
  • Eastern Red Cedar
  • Noble Fir
Other than the real trees, artificial Christmas trees are also available in the market. The first artificial Christmas tree was made in Germany during the 19th century that were made of goose feathers. From brush bristles to aluminum, Christmas trees are now also made from fiber optics.

These are some of the common types of Christmas trees popular in the United States. Decorating the Christmas tree is something that everyone enjoys. The tree has evolved from being a symbol of the religion to becoming a reason for all family members coming together to decorate the tree.
Eastern Red Cedar
Forest of Douglas Fir Trees
Leyland cypress
Colorado Blue Spruce
Scots Pine
Fir Cones
Fraser fir Cone
Little coniferous tree
Artificial Christmas tree