Evergreen Everlasting: The Differences between Fir, Spruce, and Pine
With so many artificial Christmas trees available in the market, it’s difficult to tell each one apart. How’s a person supposed to tell the difference between a Norwegian Spruce and a Balsam Fir? And often, we want to make sure that our trees look like their Natural namesakes.
Fir, spruce, and pine are three of the most popular Christmas tree varieties and have their own characteristics that make them special. If you were to look at the real trees, here are some things you would notice. Use these distinguishing characteristics when you shop for artificial Christmas trees, to make sure that yours looks like the real thing:
Fir trees have individual flat needles attached to the stem. The needles grow in a spiral on the tip and lay flat, and this kind of display gives fir trees their full look. Like our BH Balsam Fir, its shape is bushy and full, which doesn’t leave much room for ornaments and is perfect if you like a less-decorated tree.
Like fir trees, spruces have single needles connected to the stems. However, spruce tree needles are sharp and square-shaped. On a real tree, spruce needles easily break apart if you bend them. As a whole, spruce trees sport the traditional full Christmas tree shape, thanks to their upturned branches. Much like our Vermont White Spruce tree, their strong branches can hold heavier ornaments, so load them up with your biggest ornaments with confidence!
Unlike the fir and spruce trees, a pine tree has needles that grow in bundles — you can see three to five needles bunched together on a pine tree branch. Pine trees have fewer branches, so they tend to look sparse with their upturned branches. However, this leaves lots of room to hang ornaments at the back and middle of the branches, allowing you to hang all of your favorite ornaments. Try this decorating tip with our Scotch Pine Tree.
With the pointers in mind, you can easily find the perfect Christmas tree!