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COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE

Our Blue Spruce this year are a beautiful color. We have a large variety of sizes and shapes.  Colorado blue spruce, or blue spruce, is an attractive Christmas tree. Trees have a pyramidal shape and cone-shaped crown. As trees become older, they often take on a more irregular appearance. While blue spruce grows relatively slowly, it is long-lived and may reach ages of 600-800 years.

Branches are nice and stiff for heavy ornaments, and needle retention is very good.  If the prickly needles bother you, just wear disposable surgical gloves when decorating.

   

 

 

CONCOLOR FIR

Sorry, we have no Concolor Fir available this year.  White fir, commonly called concolor fir, is native to the western United States. The oldest white firs may reach 350 years of age. Needles are small and narrow at the bottom, and more thick and curved towards the top. Needles are up to 1 1/2 inches long, bluish-green when young turning dull green with age.

Needle retention is excellent, and the fragrance is lovely, citrus-like.  Branches are pliable and have a more open, old-timely look.  Nice and soft for kids.

   

 

 

FRASER FIR

All the frasers this year are pre-cut. Fraser fir and balsam fir are quite similar. Needles are flattened, dark-green with a medial groove on the upper side and two broad silvery-white bands on the lower surface. Needles are up to one inch long, have a broad circular base, and are usually dark green on the upper surface and lighter on the lower surface. On lower branches, leaves are two-ranked (occurring in two opposite rows). On upper twigs, leaves tend to curl upward forming a more "U-shaped" appearance.

Needle retention is excellent; their fragrance is nice.  Branches can hold up to ornaments.  Soft to the touch.  

   

 

 

NORWAY SPRUCE

Not too many Norways ready to cut this year.  Norway spruce is not native to the Western hemisphere, but is commonly planted in our area and is considered naturalized. Needles are 4-sided (rectangular in section), up to 1 inch long, and sharp or somewhat blunt at the tip. At the base of each needle is a twig-like projection which remains after the needle is lost.  Spruces, unlike firs, have 1) rectangular rather than flat needles, and 2) cones which hang down rather than stand erect on the stem.

Needle retention is fair, and the tree cut must not dry out and seal over for fear of excessive needle loss.  Branches are fairly stiff for hanging ornaments.  Fragrance is very mild.

   
   
   

 

 

DOUGLAS FIR

We have plenty of field-grown Douglas as well as fresh-cut from Pennsylvania.  Douglas-fir is not a true fir.  The branches are spreading to drooping, the buds sharply pointed and the bark is very thick, fluted, ridged, rough and dark brown.  The needles are dark green or blue green, up to 1 1/2 inches long, soft to the touch and radiate out in all directions from the branch.

Needle retention is very good.  Douglas has a sweet fragrance when crushed.  The needles are very soft if you have young children. 

   
 

 

 CANAAN FIR
  We have a large selection of field grown Canaan - lots of shapes and sizes up to 9 feet.  Canaan (pronounced "Ka-naan", with emphasis on the last syllable) is a relative newcomer to the Christmas tree market. It has many similarities to both Fraser and balsam firs in growth and appearance.  Canaan fir is so-named because several of the original trees with the intermediate morphology were identified from a limited area in West Virginia, generally referred to as the Canaan Valley. 

Needle retention is very good.  Fragrance is somewhat more pronounced than a Douglas Fir.  The needles are soft for children. 

 

 

 
   
   
   
   

 

 

Concolor Firs smell great and are long-lasting.
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