Norway Spruce has some desirable characteristics as a Christmas tree but they have poor needle retention and are better suited for landscape trees. Their strong branches are good for holding heavy ornaments. They also have a strong, pleasing spruce aroma. Norway Spruce were very popular Christmas trees in the 1950s, adding a retro aspect to their present appeal.
The Serbian Spruce is a little different from the other spruces. The needles are about 1/2” in length and they grow in a circular pattern straight out from the branch. Serbian Spruce needles are softer than other spruces. The colors of Serbian Spruce needles are dark green topside and a silver underside. The Serbian Spruce branches tend to hang down in a sweeping manner. The branches are not very strong and only lighter ornaments should be hung from them. The Serbian Spruce has good needle retention, similar to Blue Spruce, and they have an understated aroma.
Blue Spruce remains a popular Christmas tree because of its bright blue color. Branches are stiff and hold ornaments well. Blue Spruce needles are quite sharp, so be sure to wear gloves and long-sleeves when handling. While the needles may make the tree hard to handle, some people choose blue spruce to keep pets away from the tree.
Black Hills Spruce
Black Hills Spruce has needles that are shorter and softer than Colorado Blue Spruce. Its color may not be as vibrant as other species but its branches are stiff and hold ornaments well. Also, they have a naturally conical Christmas tree appearance.