The Firs

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Fraser Fir

 

Fraser fir continues to increase in popularity for good reason. Fraser fir has blue-green needles with silvery undersides. The branches are stiff and hold up well to ornaments. The trees have a pleasant scent and needle retention is excellent.

Check out this YouTube video by the Michigan Christmas Tree Association and MSU. 

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Canaan Fir

 

Canaan fir does combine many of the characteristics of balsam fir with better needle retention like Fraser fir. It is sometimes described as a hybrid between balsam fir and Fraser fir, but is actually a specific seed source of balsam fir from the Canaan Valley of West Virginia.

Check out this YouTube video by the Michigan Christmas Tree Association and MSU. 

Corkbark Fir

 

A narrow, naturally open, traditional Christmas Tree with a very deep blue needle color. Great fragrance, strong branches and excellent needle retention. 

Douglas Fir

 

Douglas fir is a dense tree with soft, light green needles. You’ll need to stick with lighter-weight ornaments since the branches are not as stiff as some other species. Another good choice for budget-conscious consumers.

Check out this YouTube video by the Michigan Christmas Tree Association and MSU. 

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Concolor Fir

 

Concolor fir have longer needles that may be as blue as a blue spruce. The big draw for this species, however, is the strong, citrus-like scent of its needles.

Check out this YouTube video by the Michigan Christmas Tree Association and MSU.

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Balsam Fir

 

Balsam fir has long been a preferred species for many consumers because of its strong Christmas tree scent. It has dark green needles and excellent form.

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Korean Fir

 

Korean fir is native to Asia, as noted by the name, but grows well in our climate and soil. It has dark green needles with striking silvery undersides. The form and unique texture add to this species’ appeal. 

Check out this YouTube video by the Michigan Christmas Tree Association and MSU.