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GLT's Grow: Best Christmas Tree Picks

Dec 9, 2016

Get to know your choices for Christmas trees before heading to the lot to buy.
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Going to the Christmas tree lot can prove overwhelming unless you know your way around the variety of trees there.  Knowing what look you want to achieve is a great place to start, said Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow.

  • Pines, firs, cypress, cedars and spruces are the typical trees used at holiday time.
  • Take into account the scent of the tree, the trees ability to retain needles, and how well it retains its color.
  • Balsam, White, Noble and  Douglas firs are good bets because they have a softer needle -- so no getting a nasty stab when decorating. You can also see the trunk and network of branches with the fir.
  • White and Scotch pine are common and easy to find. But Virginia Pine is best due to the gorgeous water green color, and it has a feathery appearance.
  • Want a spruce, like a Colorado or blue spruce?  Go with a live variety.  You can only have them for a few days and you have to prep a planting hole in your backyard before you bring it home, but it lets the tree leve on through all the holidays to come.