Tuesday, October 4, 2022

What Kind Of Tree Is A Christmas Tree? Real vs Artificial Tree Types 

Ready to pick out your Christmas tree yet? If you are, you must be wondering which one will be best. Also, which ones are available in the market?

Before going your hunt for a perfect tree, you need to consider a few things. These things are whether you have the place to inhabit a gigantic tree? Can you afford its unfolding even after a few days you bought it? Can you take the responsibility to properly water and care for it? You wouldn’t want your Christmas tree withering away before the real party night.

Real vs Artificial Tree Types For Christmas

Best Christmas Tree Ideas

Though the most important thing while picking a tree is the aroma of a real tree, but if you can’t afford the things I have said earlier, your best option is to go with artificial ones. Then again you want coming home smelling the aroma of a real Christmas tree and taking in its natural beauty? Then you can pick out any of the real trees we have lined up for you below. 

There is a variety of Christmas trees out there. There are some whose scent is its selling point; then there are ones more suitable for hanging ornaments due to its strong, inflexible branches. 

But one thing they all have in common is that they all look gorgeous all tidied up for the holidays. Which one is best for you depends on how deep is your pocket and also what you think is vital for your family. To help you pick one we’ve lined up a list of Real Christmas trees as well as artificial ones. And here they are:

Real Christmas Trees:

A real Christmas tree fills your home with fragrance and is an excellent focal point of your room. Here’s a list of the most popular types of real Christmas tree:

Real Christmas Trees vs artificial trees

The Fir Family:

Balsam FirBalsam Fir christmas tree

If you are the guy who wants the Christmas smell as soon as he walks in the house, then this is your tree. According to the Farmer’s Almanac Balsam Fir is the most fragrant of all the Christmas tree types. Anyhow, you’ve got to pay extra attention to water. Balsam Firs needs loads of water to keep fragrant and vibrant.


Douglas FirDouglas Fir christmas tree 2020

If you want a tree that’s a real looker, then this is the tree for you. Douglas Firs are one of the top Christmas trees in the whole United States. Also, they are famous for their perfect pyramid shape. Moreover, Douglas Firs tend to be beautiful and full since they radiate needles in all directions.

Fraser Fir

If you like to decorate your Christmas this one is the best pick. Fraser Fir’s stiff braches can withstand quite the weight, so don’t worry about those heavy ornaments. As a bonus, this type has a pleasant scent too.

Canaan Fir

According to MSU reports, Canaan Firs are pretty much the same as the Balsam Firs. Plus, they have that needle retention of the Fraser Firs. It’s a win-win if you ask me. 

White Fir

This tree is known for its blue-tinged needles. The plus point of this tree as called the Concolor fir has a scent more citrus than pine.

The Pine Family:

The Pine Family Christmas tree

Scots Pine/Scotch Pine

Pro Flowers says the Scots or Scotch Pine is the type to provide center point to your room. The dark bluish-green colour is the highlight of the pine. It’s also good for water retention so it wouldn’t dry out or shed its needles too quickly.

Eastern White Pine

If you want that natural look to your Christmas tree, the Eastern White Pine is going to be the focus of attention. According to The National Christmas Tree Association, this type of pines doesn’t have much aroma and can’t handle the ornaments well. However, they are famous for their soft, flexible needles. Also, they sure are pretty.

The Spruces and Cedar:

Colorado Blue Spruce

If you want a lasting Christmas tree, the Colorado Blue Spruce sure is a bonus. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this type of trees rarely shed needles. A con is you have to be extra careful as they’re sharp. 

White Spruce

This type of tree has short and stiff needles. The National Christmas Tree Association says they are great for ornaments. The downside is the needles give off a pretty lousy aroma when crushed. So don’t buy it betting on the smell if you must.

Easter Red Cedar

The funny thing about this tree is despite its name; this isn’t a cedar tree at all. The Easter Red Cedar is a part of the juniper family. They are particularly dense and green with needles jet straight-upward. 

Artificial Christmas Trees:

Most of the modern artificial Christmas trees are made of recycled plastic like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or others. The remaining structure made of metal. While later it’s been switched to recycled metals. Despite being made from plastic and metal, the artificial Christmas trees are not recyclable or ecological. 

Artificial Christmas Trees

Types of Artificial Christmas Trees:

Brush Bristle Christmas Trees

As the name tells us these trees are made from animal hair bristles (dyed green) just as hairbrushes. These brush bristles can carry more ornamentation. Plus, they provide more hanging locations and are not as-flammable as the feather trees used in the past.

Plastic Christmas Trees: 

Almost all the artificial plastic Christmas trees are made of PVC plastic. These trees come in many sizes and colours. They also have varieties of designs frosted, glittered, or different colours. Moreover, they have UV additives added to the plastic, so they don’t fade or break quickly. Plus, recently PVC trees are made to resemble natural trees more and more.

The Pre-lit Trees

So this type of Christmas tree is pretty popular these days as they come ready with the lights and all. Since pre-lit trees are categorized as the electrical product, they are not made from recycled plastic. 

Aluminum Christmas Trees

Aluminum Christmas trees are made of aluminum branches that shine like silver. But they are not much popular as they have this unnatural look and are likely to cause a short circuit. However, there are new types of aluminum Christmas trees introduced that are safer for lights. Along with new designs and colours. Plus, now they are being made out of recycled materials. So, they can be packed away and re-used. 

So here you have it, all the possible options for Christmas trees. We’ve have mentioned both pros and cons of each type of tree, real or artificial. The final decision is up to you. We only hope this article helps you with that decision.

Some Christmas Trees FAQS:

1. When to take down Christmas tree? 

Although there is a considerable degree of disagreement on this, traditions say that the twelfth night is the best time to take down the Christmas tree.

2. How long does it take to grow a Christmas tree?

The average time that a Christmas tree takes to grow is seven years.

3. How long does a Christmas tree last?

The Christmas trees can usually last for about five weeks if you take good care of them.

4. Where did the Christmas tree originate?

The tradition of the Christmas tree started in Germany and became popular throughout the world.

5. How much does a real Christmas tree cost?

The cost of a Christmas tree varies according to the height of the tree. But the average price of a real Christmas tree is around 78$.

6. How to keep cats away from the Christmas tree?

Most of the cats don’t like foil and citrus scent. So, keep the cats away from the tree, wrap a foil around it or place a lemon or orange peel near it.

7. What do you put in Christmas tree water to keep the tree fresh?

There are a lot of myths about adding sugar water, corn syrup, etc. But experts recommend that just adding clean water can keep the tree fresh.

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