The Rockefeller Center in NYC chooses this tree as a favorite year after year. Its strong branches are able to hold up the thousands of lights and ornaments. This is not a tree for a small yard! Although they do best in full sunshine they can tolerate some shading up to 50% and still survive but the growth rate and density will be reduced. The Norway spruce has a fibrous deep spreading root system that makes this tree very wind firm able to withstand winds up to 100MPH. To retain its excellent color and stiff needles, it should be kept properly watered.
Colorado Blue Spruce
A Colorado Blue Spruce has a nice pyramidal shape with strong limbs that can hold heavy ornaments. It’s known for its lovely blue foliage which can also appear silvery. If your decorating scheme does not include this bluish tint,this tree may not be right for your home. Blue spruce is finding increasing popularity as a living Christmas tree as a result of its symmetrical form and attractive blue foliage to be planted after the holiday season. It has an excellent natural shape and requires little shearing. Needle retention is among the best for the spruces. It has a narrow, 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.
As a Christmas tree, white spruce has excellent foliage color, short stiff needles and a good natural shape. Needle retention is better than some of other spruce species. White spruce has a cone-shaped crown, and when grown in the open develops a conical crown which extends nearly to the ground. This growth habit, along with the spreading branches, gives it a nice appearance for use as an ornamental. Trees often reach 80-140 feet in height and 1.5 to 3 feet in diameter. The oldest white spruce may reach 300 years of age. Leaves (needles) are needle-shaped, and are often somewhat crowded on the upper half of the branchlets. Needles are usually 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, blunt at the tip and green to bluish-green in color. Typically, needles are 4 angled (4-sided) and are present on short twig-like structures on the stem (sterigmata).
Branches from the White Pine are often used in garlands, wreaths, and centerpieces due to their long, feathery, soft needles, bluish-green to silver green in color arranged irregularly in bundles of five, about 2 ½ to 5 inches long. Cones are 4-8 inches long, slightly curved and mature at the end of the second season. Though it is a beautiful tree, branches can be a bit too flexible to support heavier decorations. Its lush fullness also makes it difficult to squeeze in ornaments. The White Pine needles last a long time when properly watered.
For Christmas trees, sheared trees are preferred, although some people feel shearing results in trees too dense for larger ornaments. Needle retention is good to excellent. White pine has very little aroma, but, conversely, is reported to result in fewer allergic reactions than do some of the more aromatic species. To produce a 6-foot tree requires 6-8 years on good sites.
Beginning with the British colonists, eastern white pine (or white pine) has proven to be one of the most important and most desirable species of North America. It is a truly magnificent tree attaining a height of 80 feet or more at maturity with a diameter of two to three feet.
The Fraser Fir may be the perfect holiday tree. Its attractive 1″ needles are silvery-green and soft to the touch. Because there is space between the branches, the Fraser is easier to decorate than some trees. The firm branches hold heavier ornaments. The trees grow to almost perfect shapes, and as long as the cut tree is kept properly watered, the Frasier Fir has excellent needle retention. Found only in high-elevation regions of the South as well as in the Northeast and Great lakes states, we ship these trees in from North Carolina which produces the majority of the Fraser Firs sold for Christmas trees.