Fraser Fir continues to increase in popularity for good reason. Fraser Fir has dark green needles with silvery undersides. The branches are relatively strong and hold ornaments well. Fraser Fir has pleasant scent and the needle retention is excellent.
Canaan Fir combines many of the characteristics of Balsam Fir but with better needle retention. 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.
Corkbark Fir is a unique and rare Christmas Tree. It is narrow, naturally open and has a deep blue needle color. It also has a pleasant "spicy" fragrance, strong branches and excellent needle retention.
Douglas Fir is a dense tree with soft, light green needles and good needle retention. You’ll want to stick with lightweight ornaments since the branches are not as stiff as some other species.
Concolor Fir has longer needles that may be as blue as a blue spruce and has good needle retention. The big draw for this species, however, is the strong, citrus-like scent of its needles.
If you can’t get enough of that real Christmas tree scent, you’re in luck! The Balsam fir is among the most fragrant of all species. The Balsam fir has relatively short, dark green needles and excellent form, making it a good choice for displaying ornaments.
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 and excellent needle retention. The form and unique texture add to this species' appeal. The only characteristic drawback is its difficulty to establish a central leader.