What Are the Different Types of Christmas Trees?

Different Types of Christmas Trees

Christmas trees come in a wide variety, making it extremely hard sometimes for first-time buyers to know which type best fits their holiday needs. But don’t fret! We’re here to give you the lowdown on five of the most popular types of Christmas trees, and give you tips on how to properly care for them so they can live a long and healthy life in your home. All that in one short, sweet, and simple-to-follow list, no less!

Ultimately, choosing the right tree for the holidays will come down to your specific taste, where you plan to put it, and what kind of decorations you plan to put on it. If you want to hang heavy, larger ornaments on your Christmas tree, you’ll need to buy a tree with stronger branches. (For DIY ornament ideas, check out these 50 awesome handmade Christmas creations!) Also, some Christmas trees shed their pine needles faster than others, so keep that in mind when choosing one.

What we can say for sure, though, is that aside from the fun of picking one out each year, nothing beats that fresh pine scent of a Christmas tree during the holiday season. It brings out all the Christmas feels!

But before we dive into the different types of Christmas trees as well as their pros and cons, let’s quickly go over how to care for your Christmas tree so it lasts as long as possible once it’s been cut.


How to Care for Your Christmas Tree

Christmas tree care isn’t a complicated process, and if you take just a few minutes out of your day, you’ll be able to have a fresh-looking Christmas tree for up to four weeks.

That said, here’s how to give your awesome new Christmas tree the care it deserves:

  • Before setting it up and putting on your decorations, leave your brand new tree outside or in a cold place. The longer your tree is exposed to heat, the shorter its lifespan will be.
  • Once you’re ready to add decorations, first chop off an inch or two from the bottom of the stump and quickly put it in water.
  • Christmas trees love, love, love water. This means you should make sure to give them adequate fresh water every day. If not, they’ll go thirsty and lose a lot of their vibrancy. Don’t let that happen!
  • Don’t accidentally fry the cat during your holiday gathering. Turn off your Christmas lights before watering and going to bed. Not only is it safe, but it means less heat affecting your Christmas tree.

Noble Fir

Noble firs are perhaps our favorite type of Christmas trees. Their deep green color and unique branch shape make their overall appearance downright lovely.

But, don’t be fooled – noble firs aren’t just all looks! They have extremely sturdy limbs that are spaced out enough to support large, heavier ornaments. And what’s best, noble firs offer the classic Christmas tree look with the classic fragrance!

The only downside of noble firs is their shorter limbs and needles, which can make them look a tad less imposing on the eye compared to other types of Christmas trees.

Douglas Fir

Douglas firs are another hugely popular Christmas tree. Unlike noble firs, though, they are more delicate in nature and have less space between branches to hang ornaments.

That said, Douglas firs are strikingly beautiful with their shiny green needles and perfect conical-shaped branches.

Just make sure to hang unbreakable ornaments first to get a good gist of how much weight your tree’s limbs can handle.

Fraser Fir

Fraser firs are the perfect Christmas tree to add a homey touch to your living room, thanks to their soft-to-the-touch, grayish-green needles.

Fraser firs are a bit less statement-making than the first two on the list, but that more muted base color gives you a better chance at making your ornaments stand out.

Where the Fraser fir really stands out, though, is its exceptional needle retention. So no more post-Christmas annoying needle cleanup!

Norway Spruce

The Norway spruce is one of the most eye-catching Christmas trees you can buy. But it comes with a huge downside: it doesn’t hold its needles well.

This means you should only buy and set up your Norway spruce about a week or so before Christmas Day. And always, always, always make sure it has plenty of water to sip on. Norway spruces that are dehydrated can lose their needles at an alarming rate.

Colorado Blue Spruce

For Christmas lovers seeking a twist on the traditional Christmas tree look, the Colorado blue spruce is an awesome choice. Its bluish-green hue is mesmerizing—and some Colorado blue spruces even give off a silvery appearance.

Just make sure its muted blue color matches your living room’s overall tone and feel.


There you have it! Those are the five best types of Christmas trees money can buy. We guarantee they’ll add all the Christmas vibes your home ever needed this holiday season!

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