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How to Choose the Best Christmas Tree

Sometimes, it is tricky to figure out which kind of Christmas tree works best for your home. So here are a few tips on how to choose the best tree for your family.

The most popular is the Fir, be it Fraser, Balsam and Douglas fir tree with short, flat, long-lasting, aromatic needles it can really work anywhere.

If you like to buy Ďlivingí trees, root ball and all, the Colorado Blue Spruce with itís dark green to powdery blue longish needles is a landscapers favorite. Donít forget to acclimate tree in a cool garage before you plant after the holidays!

The wonderful aroma of the Scotch Pine helped make it the most planted commercial Christmas tree as it attracts buyers as they pass by. It is often the least expensive in a lot. It has stiff branches, bouble long, green needles that do not drop when dry.

If you live in the South, the Eastern Red Cedar (which is actually a juniper) has been popular because of itís light but compact branches. It smells great but it is prickly to the touch so not ideal for the kiddies. A good southern alternative is the Virginia Pine.

Those of you whole like to hang every ornament, including the kitchen sink on your Christmas tree, the White Spruce with itís strong limbs, pretty bluish green needles might be best, or the Noble Fir with itís upturned needles that lasts even longer.

For those with allergies, the Eastern White Pine and Leyland Cypress has little or no fragrance, and both retain their needles well. However neither will hold heavy ornaments.

Whichever tree you buy, make sure the tree smells fresh, has no yellow needles, and that they are flexible. Bounce the trunk on the ground and if lots of needles fall, say goodbye. Thereís a fresher tree right around the cornerÖjust follow the fantastic smell.

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