Scotch pine is the tree species that has long defined the Michigan Christmas tree and is still a favorite for traditionalists. Scotch pines are dense trees with dark-green needles. Stiff branches hold up well to ornaments and needle retention is excellent. Scotch pine is also an economical choice.
White pine is one of two Michigan native conifers commonly used for Christmas trees, along with balsam fir. This is a dense tree with soft, green needles. This tree will require light-weight ornaments. For consumers that have a high ceiling and want a larger tree, white pine can be an economical choice.