When it comes to choosing the perfect live 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? To help you decide, we’ve made a list of the top 10 most popular Christmas trees and what makes them special.

10. Norway Spruce

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 these 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

9. Scotch Pine

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

8. Douglas Fir

The Douglas Fir features a natural cone shape, so it won’t need much trimming to give you an iconic Christmas tree shape. It’s a beautiful tree with soft, long-lasting, and great-smelling needles. This fir is also easily found in tree lots across the country.

Douglas Fir Christmas Tree

7. Eastern White Pine

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

6. White Fir

Also known as the Concolor fir, the White Fir is perfect for dry climates such as California’s, where they are in high demand. This fir tree features bluish-green needles that keep well and has a pleasing aroma.

5. Eastern Red Cedar

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.

4. Grand Fir

This tree earned its name because the species can grow up to 300 feet tall. Indoor-sized Grand Firs don’t have the sturdiest branches and may not be ideal for heavy ornaments. They are, however, popular as Christmas trees due to their glossy, dark green needles and soft boughs.

3. Balsam Fir

The Balsam Fir has a beautiful 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

2. Colorado Blue Spruce

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

1. Fraser Fir

The Fraser fir is the most popular Christmas tree because of its ideal full shape. 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.

Fraser Fir Christmas Tree

There are many factors to consider when choosing a Christmas tree, from its appearance to its decorating versatility and maintenance needs. Artificial trees that look and feel like the real thing are great alternatives, offering convenience and durability at the same time. Find a variety of highly realistic tree options at Balsam Hill.


  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. 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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