CHRISTMAS TREES | What to buy
The local Christmas tree farms offer several varieties of trees available.
Fraser: The tree’s dark blue-green needles are flat in appearance and attached singly to its branches. These sturdy and symmetrically branched trees have a distinct blue/silver color on the underside their needles. This fragrant tree has excellent needle retention and is considered the “Cadillac” of cut Christmas trees.
Canaan: The blue-green, flatish needles are a silvery color on the underside of the branches. Its fragrance is sweet and spicy like balsam and Fraser fir. Its soft lacing branches are sturdy enough to support ornaments of many sizes. Needle retention is very good for this water-loving tree.
Douglas: This green to blue-green tree has soft needles. The flat green needles are attached to the branches singly. Although the branches are soft and pliable, its growth habit is very full, giving the decorator a multitude of branches for placing ornaments. Its distinctive feature is its citrus scent similar to lemons and oranges. Needle retention is very good.
Concolor: Also known as white fir, this long-needled fir has long silvery-blue needles singly attached to the branches in an upright manner. This layered, slightly wild growing tree has very good to excellent needle retention. The strong citrus and somewhat soapy scent is unique to this tree.
Blue: Comes in a variety of colors from a light powdery blue to a rich dark blue-green. Its round sharp needles are attached singly to heavy branches in a bottle-brush fashion. This tree will accept heavy ornaments, is usually full when kept sheared or it can be layered in appearance to allow spaces for large decorations. Blue spruce trees have a nice aroma but the needle retention is average.
Norway: The shiny dark green needles of this spruce are what makes it the traditional Christmas tree. This densely branched tree has a traditional fragrance and sturdy branches for ornaments. Needle retention is fair.
White: A tree with a silvery-blue appearance. The needles are attached singly and lay tightly on the branches. Its sturdy branches lend themselves to heavy ornaments and its full growth habit give many branches to choose from. Needle retention is fair.
Black Hills: Features dark green to blue-green needles that are somewhat rigid, sharply pointed. Grows in a pyramidal shape.
Austrian: A long-needled pine, also known as black pine. In the past were grown extensively for Christmas trees, however they have lost popularity in recent years. Needles are long, stiff, round and grow in bundles. The darker green color and heavy thick branches, spaced at wide intervals, attract buyers with lots of space and large heavy ornaments. Needle retention is very good.
Scotch: Has been the most popular Christmas tree in Ohio. This pine has dark to medium green color with firm branches. Depending on shearing, this tree can be very full. It is found statewide and is easy to decorate.
Places to buy
Fodor Tree Farm, 1606 E. Western Reserve Road Poland; Norway spruce, Blue spruce, Fraser fir and Concolor fir.
Pioneer Trails Tree Farm, 4222 Center Road Poland; Blue Spruce, White spruce, Norway spruce, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, Canaan fir, Scotch pine and Austrian pine.
Stepuk Tree Farm, 10700 Washingtonville Road, Canfield; Canaan fir, Norway spruce, White spruce, Black Hills spruce, Blue spruce, Scotch pine, White pine, Austrian pine, Fraser fir and Douglas fir.
Source: Ohio Christmas Tree Association, Arbor Day Foundation