Western Christmas Trees

Western Christmas Trees
I prefer real Christmas trees. Many of these bring a wonderful scent to the home. I choose the living tree that can be planted later in the landscape rather than the cut trees.

The types of Christmas trees for sale is largely determined by location. Those grown in the western states are generally quite different than the ones sold in eastern states.

Popular ones in the West include Noble fir, which happens to be among the largest of the true firs. Native to Washington, Oregon, and California, this is commonly grown in the Northwest. It is often sold as a live Christmas tree in the area. With blue-green needles, Noble fir does best in zone 5.

Douglas fir is also widely popular in the West as well. This does best in zones 4 through 6. Some have blue-green needles, while others are a deep green.

Other common ones sold in the region include Ponderosa pine. This western species is native eastward into Oklahoma, Texas, and Nebraska.

White fir is widely available as a Christmas tree in the West. This species is native to much of the West, including the Rocky Mountains, California, and Oregon. The needles are actually blue-green rather than white. There is also a variety of this that is quite blue.

Scotch pine is an introduced Eurasian species widely grown in the West. With blue-green needles, this is likely the most popular pine for Christmas trees in the area.

The red fir is native to California and Oregon. It is often sold as a cut Christmas tree, and is sometimes called silver tip. The firs do best at high altitudes with the exceptions being some introduced ones that are used as Christmas trees in the West.

These include both Scotch pine and Ponderosa pine. The latter is an excellent living Christmas tree that can be grown in large containers.

Ponderosa pine does best in zones 3 through 6 or so. It is tolerant of alkaline soils and drought. Relatively fast growing, this needs, a moist, deep, well drained soil.

Aleppo pine is a rather versatile evergreen that is slightly less hardy than many of the other conifers. It is only hardy to 0 degrees F. or so. This is sold as a Christmas tree in the area.

A tough species, Aleppo pine can withstand heat, wind, and drought, and even salt spray in coastal areas. The tree is relatively fast growing.

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