Choose and Cut Christmas Trees

nordmann fir
horizontal branch structure

Nordmann Fir The seed source for Nordmann Fir is the Republic of Georgia, in Southern Russia near the Caspian Sea.  The Normann Fir is prized as the tree-of-choice in Scandanavian countries where lit candles frequently grace the tree Christmas Eve.  Needle color varies from darkest of green to faintly yellow tipped.  Stout branches allow for numerous ornaments.

blue to grey long soft needles

Concolor Fir  Concolor Fir is identified by it's long, soft, fragrant foilage ranging in color from silver to frosted green.  It is widely used in landscaping but site selection is important.  The Concolor Fir is apt to break dormancy early spring and frequently suffers frost damage.  The trees are sheared using a long knife creating a uniform tree with crisp edges.


Grand Fir  The most fragrant of Christmas trees, Grand Fir must be kept well watered to prevent excessive needle loss.  The branches of the Grand Fir are numerous and tend to 'droop' under the weight of heavy ornaments.  Grand Fir needles are susceptible to extremes in temperature or precipitation turning red and falling from the tree. 

fraser fir
uniform, slightly upright branching habit

Fraser Fir  A close relative of Balsam Fir. Short, soft needles and sturdy branches create an 'open' tree structure, perfect for decorating.  Needle retention is excellent provided the tree is kept well watered.  Fraser Fir produce cones annually, you may see a few in the trees occasionally.  Seeds within the cone fall from the tree in early fall leaving multiple short, upright twigs near the tree top.  

Colorado Blue spruce

Spruce The square, sharp-pointed needles of Picea (spruce) make handling the trees somewhat hazardous.  However, this same feature keeps children and pets from playing with the tree.  The open structure, needle color,  and natural shape of spruce create an elegant Christmas tree.  Our spruce vary in color from dark green to blue grey.  Spruce dry rapidly when brought indoors.

soft, blue to grey needles

Corkbark Fir Visually the Corkbark resembles a blue spruce.  The name comes from the texture of the bark, which indeed feels like a cork material.  The medium length, soft, blue grey needles reveal a true fir.  There are only a limited number available for harvest this season.  Consider this species for your Christmas tree.

In the spring, every harvested tree is replaced with a seedling. 

It takes 8-10 years to grow your Christmas tree.

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