So, you’ve decided to bring a live tree into your home for a few weeks. What a party! Now is the time to determine what kind of Christmas tree would you like or, more accurately, what qualities are you looking for in an indoor evergreen. A particular aspect? A certain price? A robust fragrance?
For many people, the woody aroma of pine is the main attraction to getting a living tree. If you are one of them, here are the most fragrant Christmas trees, according to the Farmers’ Almanac.
The most fragrant types of Christmas trees
With 35 different tree species grown in the United States specifically for Christmas, it can be difficult to narrow it down. These five are a great choice for those who love natural pine fragrance:
Scots pine (or Scots pine)
Also known as “scots pine,” it is the most-planted pine in the United States, per the Farmers Almanac. Along with its pleasant aroma, these trees remain popular year after year because they do he doesn’t lose much, they the branches that curve upwards make hanging lights and ornaments a breeze, and they to preserve water well after being cut. One potential downside: The needles can be sharp, so wear gloves when handling them, and perhaps choose a different tree if you have small children.
According to Farmers AlmanacBalsam firs are the most fragrant Christmas trees, as well as the most popular variety in the United States. On the plus side, the trees are usually symmetrical and durable, and their needles are soft. But they even the branches are softso they are not ideal for hanging heavy lights or ornaments.
They also dry out faster than some of the other trees, so make it a habit to check the water level. As for shedding, Balsam Firs they usually remain intact for about four weeks before they drop their needles, so if you’re going to keep your tree longer, you may want to choose a different type.
Named after David Douglas, a 19th-century botanist who studied the tree, Douglas firs they are ideal for filling large spacesthanks to their conical shape and fullness. While the tree’s needles are soft, so are its branches, so you’ll want to avoid cutting it with anything heavy.
In addition to being the second most fragrant tree, Fraser Spruces they’re a perennial favorite because they’re long-lasting (they survive indoors for up to six weeks) and low-maintenance (they rarely shed). The tree needles are their distinguishing feature: dark green above and silver below. Plus, their stiff, upward-curving branches can handle all kinds of ornaments.
Like the Scots pine, this tree smells great, doesn’t shed much, and has stiff branches (with sharp needles) that are great for hanging lights and ornaments. They differ most in appearance: Colorado blue spruce trees have more than a pyramidal shape and, as the name suggests, have a bluish tint.
NoRegardless of the type of tree you choose, make sure you do it carefully check it for bugs and other parasites before taking it inside your home.