When selecting Christmas trees in the Pacific Northwest, a partridge in a fir tree could easily be the adapted words of “The 12 Days of Christmas” song. According to both the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association and Northwest Arbor-Culture, Inc., fir trees are among the most popular grown and purchased Christmas trees.
Here are the top five Christmas trees.
Many purchases a natural tree for the smell, and the Douglas Fir tree does not disappoint. Its sweet fragrance and the bluish-green color of its soft needles make it a favorite of many.
Its stiff sturdy branches can hold the heaviest of ornaments. This long-lasting tree is also used for Christmas wreaths and other outdoor decors.
The Grand Fir gets its name because it can grow up to 300 feet. Its branches are also unique because both the upper and lower parts are visible which makes it even more fun to decorate.
Besides its aromatic scent, the needles of the Fraser Fir do not fall out as much as other evergreen trees which means fewer needles tracked around the house (and less clean up). Do not confuse the spelling or name with the Pacific Northwest’s favorite fictional television psychiatrist and radio personality, Dr. Frasier Crane.
There’s one in every crowd that goes against the grain, and in this case, that is the Scotch Pine which is the only non-fir tree in the top five. It has the benefits of the top firs including dense and bushy needles that are between one and three inches long, a wonderful scent, and needles that tend not to drop.
Regardless of the tree, you select, the best way to extend its life is to water it consistently and not to let the trunk exposed to air for longer than three to six hours after cutting. Visit Klopeman U-Cut Christmas Tree Farms in Washougal to find your perfect tree this Christmas season.