Tree Types

Types of real Christmas trees.

The Pacific Northwest is home to many species of farm-grown real Christmas trees, which come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit all holiday travel schedules and traditions. Below are five of the most common types of trees that are grown in the Pacific Northwest. These species can be found in all different sizes - from shorter tabletop versions for a small room or apartment to 10 footers for large spaces.

DOUGLAS-FIR: These soft needles are dark green-blue in color and are approximately 1 - 1/4 inches in length. The Douglas-Fir needles radiate in all directions from the branch. When crushed, these needles have a sweet fragrance. Nationally, it remains one of the most popular Christmas trees species.


NOBLE FIR: These needles turn upward, exposing the lower branches. Known for its beauty, the noble fir is a hearty, long-lasting species, and its stiff branches make it a good tree for heavy ornaments. The species is growing in popularity and is also widely used in the greenery business to make wreaths, door swags, garland and other Christmas products.


GRAND FIR: The grand fir is one of the tallest firs, reaching heights of 300 feet. It is easily distinguished from other Pacific Northwest firs by its sprays of lustrous needles in two distinct rows that are usually horizontally spread so that both the upper and lower sides of the branches are clearly visible. The needles are 1 to 1-1/2 inches long with glossy, dark-green tops.


FRASER FIR: This fir has needles that are a short, lustrous dark green and slightly twisted at their bases. It is strong and durable, and has tiered branches.

SCOTCH PINE: Short, stiff and twisted needles with a blue-green cast cover this pine, which is very dense and bushy. Plantation grown and nurtured using modern techniques, this species is the hardiest Christmas tree grown and one of the most popular.