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Fraser Fir

Fraser PicFraser fir was named for John Fraser (1750-1811), a Scot botanist who explored the southern Appalachian Mountains in the late 18th century. The Fraser Fir grows naturally only in the southern Appalachians. Cool temperatures and the abundant rainfall of western North Carolina are ideally suited for production of the “Cadillac” of Christmas trees. The Fraser has been our top selling tree as it is especially noted for its needle retention, deep green color, with a silvery underside as well as its wonderfully fragrant aroma and strong boughs that will support the heaviest of ornaments. This the most hardy of all the trees we sell Fraser fir and balsam fir are quite similar, although the geographic ranges of the two species do not overlap. Some scientists even suggest that because of the many similarities, the two species were once a single species which has since evolved into the present-day forms.

Fraser fir is a uniformly pyramid-shaped tree. Strong branches are turned slightly upward which gives the tree a compact appearance. Needles are flattened, dark-green with a medial groove on the upper side and two broad silvery-white bands on the lower surface.

Noble Fir

Noble PicNoble Fir (Abies procera) is one of the best Christmas trees and is one of our most popular Christmas trees.

Noble Fir Christmas trees are grown only in the Pacific Northwest states of Washington and Oregon where they are a high elevation tree in their native state. So Noble Fir Christmas tree farms are located higher up in the mountains where they receive over 60 inches of rain annually and plenty of frost before harvest insuring the trees become fully dormant. These are key determining factors for improved needle retention and keeping Christmas trees fresh in people’s homes. Noble Fir Christmas trees, perform well under a wide variety of conditions in both cold and warm environments.

Noble Fir Christmas trees have a beautiful, almost spruce like appearance with soft blue-green needles on evenly spaced strong branches that are perfect for heavy ornaments. In the home they keep really well and have a very pleasant distinctive fir scent. When one thinks of the traditional Christmas tree, this is it! Nobles come in a variety of styles and present the ornaments and Christmas lights in a very natural way. Some are full and bushy; others have a more open, layered appearance.

Grand Fir

Grand PicGrand Fir Christmas trees (Abies grandis) Christmas trees are so beautiful and wonderfully fragrant. The Grand Fir scent really is incredible! It has a powerful citrus-like evergreen aroma and is, by far, the most fragrant Christmas tree. When you are at the Christmas tree lot, pick just a few needles and crush them between your fingers to get a sample of that powerful aroma.

With their dark green color and shiny appearance, Grand Fir is a very beautiful Christmas tree.

The needles have a silvery underside with two lines of stomatal bloom that reflect the Christmas tree lights for a beautiful effect. Grand Fir needles are arranged in a flat array on the twigs in a way that gives a very graceful appearance to the tree. While similar to Balsam Fir from the eastern United States, western Grand Fir seed sources from northern Idaho have dramatically improved needle retention and in home performance during the Christmas.

The Grand Fir fragrance is due to the constant release of moisture from the tree, so it is especially important that Grand Fir Christmas trees are always kept in a tree stand with a water bowl that is kept full. These trees will not do well if the stand is allowed to go dry. Grand fir is not quite a hardy as the Nordmann Fir, Fraser Fir or the Noble Fir.

Nordmann Fir

Nordmann PicNordmann Fir Christmas Trees (Abies nordmanniana) are now being grown at our tree farms in Oregon, but they originate from the Caucasus Mountains, south and east of the Black Sea in the Republic of Georgia and northern Turkey. Nordmann Fir is a new type of Christmas tree in America but has been used for many years in Europe, and is one of the most commonly grown Christmas tree species in Germany and Norway. Closely related to Turkish Fir, Nordmann Fir have been grown experimentally in Oregon for the last twenty years and today’s superior seed sources and improved production methods have produced absolutely beautiful long lasting Christmas trees.

Nordmann Fir have symmetrically arranged strong branches are perfect for holding large or heavy ornaments. The short, dark green needles are soft and flattened on the twig, with a waxy cuticle that gives the tree its shiny appearance and helps prevent drying. With very little fragrance, Nordmann Fir are the best Christmas tree for anyone with allergies, and with superb needle retention Nordmann Fir have the distinctive quality of shedding the fewest, if any, needles.

Nordmann Fir are so pretty and so long lasting that they will undoubtedly become one of the most sought after Christmas trees over time as word really gets out. This Christmas if you want to try something new, gather the family around a Nordmann fir. They are a remarkable Christmas tree.