Species of Christmas Trees Grown at Our Virginia Farm
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Norway Spruce Christmas Trees
This is the original Christmas tree which Hessian soldiers introduced to the United States during the revolutionary war. This is a short needled tree with stiff branches which are quite suitable for relatively heavy ornaments. The spacing between the branches is wide enough to allow for lights and ornaments deep into the foliage.
This tree should never be bought other than on a farm and the trunk should be immersed in water as soon as possible after cutting. We have personally tested this tree for the Christmas season and manage to keep it going for 5 weeks before significant needle drop occurs. However, this is the only tree about which we receive the occasional complaint. When its needles drop, it is not just one or two but all of them simultaneously when someone walks by or sneezes. We sell a thirty to forty foot tree of this type to the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C. every year and they keep it up for about four weeks without problem. We recommend keeping it away from sources of heat and direct sunlight.
Colorado Blue Spruce Christmas Trees
A slow growing dens foliage short needled tree with a variety of colors from deep green to a stunning silver blue. In December they tend a bit more to the green color whereas in the spring they tend more toward the silver blue color. The needles are very prickly and most of clients find that they need gloves to trim the tree. The branches are very stiff and take heavy ornaments well. They are usually a bit smaller because of their slow growth and our clients tend to cut all of them as soon as they reach a desirable height. They keep their needles well and a healthy tree should last op to six weeks if it is cared for properly.
Douglas Fir Christmas Trees
A tree with short soft needles and branches that will hold ornaments well if they are not very heavy. This is probably the best smelling tree on the farm with a very nice lemony citrus fragrance. When in doubt just take one or two needles of the tree and squeeze them between your nails and smell. If it smells like lemon it is a Douglas fir. Keep it in water and away from heat sources.
The tree's shape is slim at the bottom and tall, even spindly at the top. It is a great tree if space for a tree is somewhat limited. This tree can also suitable for people who are allergic to pines, spruces and firs. Even though it is called a fir it is not actually a fir tree. Run a suitable test before you decide to buy a Douglas fir for that reason.
Concolor Fir Christmas Trees
Concolor Fir, also called white fir has good foliage color, a pleasing natural shape and aroma, and good needle retention. Because the tree is a bit unruly as it grows, we usually have to shear it to force it into a conical appearance. Consequently its foliage is a bit dense. While the branches are sturdy and are able to carry heavier ornaments, clients find that most of the ornaments will be attached on the outside of the tree. This tree appears to last without problems through the Christmas season when properly cared for.