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TREE PICTURES & DESCRIPTIONS

Wisconsin Christmas tree farmers can grow a variety of Christmas trees. Balsam fir, spruce and white pine are native to the state and were originally harvested from the natural wild forest.  Listed here are short descriptions of trees that may be available in Wisconsin, either at Retail Lots or Choose & Cut Farms.

This brochure, Christmas Tree Varieties in Wisconsin will give you a picture and description of trees that are commonly grown in Wisconsin.

BALSAM FIR: These needles are ¾ to 1½ in. in length and last a very long time. This tree has a dark-green appearance and retains its pleasing fragrance throughout the Christmas season.

FRASER FIR: The Fraser fir branches turn slightly upward. They have good form and excellent needle-retention. They are dark blue-green in color and the needles have a silver underside. They have a pleasant scent, and excellent shipping characteristics as well.

WHITE PINE: The largest pine in the U.S., the white pine has soft, flexible needles and is bluish-green in color. Needles are 2½ - 5 inches long. White pines have good needle retention, but have little aroma. They aren't recommended for heavy ornaments.

WHITE SPRUCE: The white spruce is excellent for ornaments; its short, stiff needles are ½ to ¾ in. long and have a blunt tip. They are bluish-green - green in color, but have a bad aroma when needles are crushed. They have excellent foliage color and have a good, natural shape. The needle retention is better in a white spruce than it is among other spruces.

COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE: These sharp needles are 1 to 1 ½ in. in length. This species is bluish-gray in color. Needles have an unpleasant odor when crushed. This Christmas Tree has good symmetrical form and an attractive blue foliage. It also has good needle retention.

CONCOLOR FIR: These small, narrow needles are around 1 to 1½ in. in length and occur in rows. They have good foliage color, good needle retention, and a pleasing shape and aroma.

DOUGLAS-FIR: These soft needles are dark green to blue green in color and are approximately 1 to 1 ½ in. in length.  Douglas-fir needles radiate in all directions from the branch. When crushed, these needles have a sweet fragrance. They are one of the top major Christmas tree species in the U.S. and are available from some growers in Wisconsin.

SCOTCH PINE: Approximately 1 in. in length, these needles don't even fall when they're dry, providing excellent needle retention. The color is a bright green. The most common Christmas tree in the U.S., the scotch pine has an excellent survival rate, is easy to replant, has great keepability and will remain fresh throughout the holiday season.

Please see the Education Center to learn more about each species.

 


 
 
 

The mission of the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association is to promote real Christmas trees, wreaths and greenery through marketing, and education of our members and customers by quality production of real farm fresh and fragrant products while protecting the environment.

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