When it comes to choosing the perfect real Christmas tree, there are many factors to consider. Is a tree prone to drying out? Does it look good with ornaments? What about the sturdiness and appearance of its branches?

One way to choose is to look at the most popular Christmas trees because they will most likely have the look and features you want. To help you decide, we’ve made a list of the 9 most famous Christmas tree types and what makes them special.

What Tree Makes the Best Christmas Tree?

Fir, spruce, and pine are among the most popular tree types that make the best Christmas trees. You can learn more about the differences of fir, spruce, and pine in our guide. If you want to enjoy the beauty of your favorite Christmas tree year after year, consider the benefits of artificial Christmas trees.

The Most Popular Christmas Trees

Read on for our list of the best types of Christmas trees and why they’re part of holiday decorating traditions for many families.

9. Eastern White Pine Christmas Tree

The branches of white pines are softer and more flexible than other pines so they’re often used in wreaths and garlands. However, this flexibility means that branches may not support heavier ornaments and décor. If you’re looking for a tree with dense foliage and also prefer minimal decorations, the Eastern White Pine might be for you.

8. Eastern Red Cedar Christmas Tree

This one is the South’s favorite tree. The color of the needles is a dark shiny green, and the branches are light but compact. This tree has very aromatic yet prickly needles that form a pyramid-shaped crown.

Full shot of Balsam Hill Grand Cedar artificial Christmas tree

The Balsam Hill Grand Canyon Cedar is an artificial Christmas tree inspired by this popular tree.

7. Norway Spruce Christmas Tree

The Norway Spruce is a beautiful tree with full, dense branches, but it has a short shelf life and needs lots of care and attention. The color is fair to excellent, but the trees have to be fresh-cut or they will have issues with the needles falling out. This species of tree may be a good option for you if you don’t plan on keeping your Christmas tree up for more than a week or two.

Norway Spruce Christmas Tree

But if you want a tree that lasts without ever having to worry about falling needles, then Balsam Hill’s lifelike replica of this tree species might be exactly what you need.

6. Scotch Pine Christmas Tree

The Scotch Pine features vivid greens in complementary hues and has resilient needles that won’t easily fall out, even when dry. Be sure to wear thick gloves while decorating this tree due to its sharp needles. Its color and refreshing aroma will last the entire season, making it worth the effort.

Scotch Pine Christmas Tree

Balsam Hill’s Scotch Pine Christmas tree features the same distinct tree profile and color detail so you can enjoy the consistency of its beauty for many seasons. Infuse your home with Scents of the Season™ and it will just feel like you brought home a fresh-cut evergreen.

5. Douglas Fir Christmas Tree

The Douglas Fir features a naturally wide cone shape so it won’t need much trimming to give you a traditionally full Christmas tree profile. It’s a beautiful tree with soft, long-lasting, and great-smelling needles. You can find this fir easily in tree lots across the country.

Douglas Fir Christmas Tree

If you want this tree to grace your home for years to come, the Balsam Hill Durango Douglas Fir™ artificial Christmas tree is a great alternative as it possesses the same qualities of the real one.

4. Colorado Blue Spruce Christmas Tree

With a beautiful conical shape, the Colorado Blue Spruce has strong limbs perfect for heavy ornaments. It’s also known for its unusual blue-hued foliage, which can appear silvery from certain angles.

Colorado Blue Spruce Christmas Tree

Balsam Hill’s Classic Blue Spruce Christmas tree brings you all the qualities you love with its lush silhouette and distinctive sturdy branches. Its two-toned needles with blue green and silvery hues makes it appear just like the real thing.

3. Balsam Fir Christmas Tree

The Balsam Fir is one of the best types of Christmas trees out there. It has an iconic pyramidal shape with short, flat, and very aromatic needles that keep well. The tree’s rich dark green color creates the perfect backdrop for decorations and its branches are able to hold light ornaments.

Balsam Fir Christmas Tree

Being our namesake tree, we designed the BH Balsam Fir artificial Christmas tree with the same qualities as its real-life counterpart with added benefits such as easy-setup features. It has the same teardrop shape and lush semi-flat needles. What’s more, its branches are designed with even better tensile strength to hold your favorite ornaments well.

2. Noble Fir Christmas Tree

The Noble Fir is one of America’s favorite Christmas tree species. Native to California, Oregon, and Washington, it’s well-loved for its symmetrical shape, robust branches, and high needle retention.

Full shot of one of the most popular christmas trees, the BH Noble Fir

If you want to enjoy the beauty of this grand tree without the upkeep, then the BH Noble Fir is the better choice. We perfectly matched the plump, gray-green needles of the real tree with added conveniences to make lighting and setup a breeze.

1. Fraser Fir Christmas Tree

What is the most famous Christmas tree? Known for its ideal full shape, the Fraser fir is considered the most popular and top-selling Christmas tree. It makes a beautiful holiday tree with its silvery-green, inch-long needles that are soft to the touch. The branches are firm and capable of holding heavy ornaments, while the spaces between the branches make it easy to decorate.

Full shot of the most popular Christmas tree, the Fraser Fir

We tried to make our version, BH Fraser Fir, as realistic as possible. In fact, it’s our most realistic tree to date. It features 40 different branch tip variations and even an organic treetop similar to farm-grown trees. To complete the experience, pair this artificial Christmas tree with our Scents of the Season in Fraser Fir.

What is the Best Type of Tree for an Artificial Christmas Tree?

There are many factors to consider when choosing a Christmas tree—from its appearance, to its decorating versatility, and maintenance needs. The best artificial Christmas trees are those that look and feel like the real thing. They are great alternatives to their natural counterparts, offering convenience, longevity, and durability at the same time.

Find your perfect tree among this list of the most popular Christmas trees and their highly realistic artificial Christmas tree versions.


  1. We have typically bought a real tree, usually a noble fir. We are in California and I think the trees come from Oregon tree farms.
    I have a few criteria if I should buy an artificial tree.
    1. It has to look and feel real
    2. It has to have a good shape, not to skinny looking
    3. About 7.5 to 8 ft tall
    4. Has to Be able to hold a lot of ornaments and some heavier types
    5. Easy to set up, take down, and store
    6. Has to be pre lit. LED lights warm color!
    7. Has to be on sale? Good value!

    Do you have something that fits this description?

    Tom Fo

  2. Technolong Reply

    I LOVED the tree we had when I was a child upstate NY, you found them in the woods, you could see threw the branches, long needles, like Charlie Brown tree, what are they called??? When you hung decorations and lights you could see them! Not Full of needles.

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