Christmas Trees – Real versus Artificial

Christmas Trees can be real or artificial. Either way, there is a choice of size. It takes on average 7 years to grow a real tree to 6-7 feet in height. A real tree can display lights and ornaments just like an artificial tree can. An artificial tree can come with decorations and lights already attached to it. An artificial tree comes with a smell that cannot be experienced from an artificial tree. If looking for a sustainably-grown Christmas tree, there are companies on the internet such as who can supply you.

The Origins of Christmas Trees

The Christmas tree is thought to originate from Germany, as far back as the 16th century, when Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Martin Luther, a 16th-century protestant reformer is credited with first adding lighted candles to the trees. Queen Victoria’s Prince Albert introduced Christmas Trees o England in 1840. For more information on the history of the Christmas tree, there is an article that you can read.

Different Types of Christmas Trees Available


Arizona Cypress – native to Southwestern United States, its bluish-gray coloured branches grow in a conical shape.

Balsam Fir – with a conical shape and dense dark green leaves it gives off a spicy scent.

Blue Spruce – also known as Colorado Spruce it is appreciated for its gray-blue needles that are of a waxy consistency and tend to curve upwards for easily hanging decorations off. It is the state tree of Colorado and considered the perfect shape for a Christmas tree.

Canaan Fir – a hybrid of Fraser Fir and Balsam Fir.

Concolor Fir – also referred to as a White Fir, when young, has bluish-green leaves which then turn into a duller green hue as the tree becomes older.

Douglas Fir – displays a full pyramid shape and can have blue or dark green leaves. It provides one of the richest of the scents. In terms of its popularity, approximately half of the Christmas trees grown in the United States are Douglas Fir.

Fraser Fir – has yellow-green foliage and branches that are extra study, allowing for heavy Christmas decorations to be hung off them. It is thought to be the longest lasting of the Christmas trees.

Grand Fir – is a large tree from Northern California and Pacific Northwest. Its needles feature both yellow and green hues and have a stripe of white beneath the needle. It gives off a Christmassy scent.

Leyland Cypress – has feathery leaves which are greenish-gray and grow in an upwards direction and give the tree a pyramid shake. This variety of Cypress does not give off a scent, making it ideal for those with allergies.

Noble Fir – is a popular tree for decorating homes at Christmas. Its needle-like leaves tend to curve upwards, making them ideal for hanging Christmas Decorations off.

Norway Spruce – is a fast-growing tree that has a dark green hue and pointed tips. It is common to the United States and has a species native to Europe. It is one that needs watering well as its needle retention is not as good as other trees.

Red Cedar – known also as the Eastern Red Cedar, Aromatic Cedar, and Pencil Cedar, its branches are dense and form a pyramid shape. Its dark leaves grow upwards and are shiny in texture. Red Cedar is commonly used as a Christmas tree by those in Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

Scotch Pine – is the national tree of Scotland. It possesses dark green foliage and has the sturdiness of branch to equip it to hold lots of lights and decorations.

Virginia Pine – easily identifiable from its short twisty needles which grow in pairs.  It can be small or medium-sized and will grow anywhere.

White Pine – features bluish-green needles grown in bundles or fascicles. The tree gives off little aroma if that is preferred.

White Spruce – is referred to as various names, such as: Canadian Spruce, Western White Spruce, and Skunk Spruce, to name a few. The blue-green needles are both short and sturdy, making it another good option for hanging Christmas lights and ornaments off.


These trees come with the option of having different colours other than green, being able to fold-up and use year after year, having pre-installed lights and decorations fitted for convenience. They, however, lack the true Christmas spirit for many.

The Advantages of a Real Christmas Tree

Real Christmas trees have health and environmental benefits over artificial trees. The trees are life-supporting in absorbing carbon dioxide and additional gasses and then emitting a fresh supply of oxygen to the environment. The many farms that grow Christmas trees are, in so doing, protecting water supplies, stabilizing soil, and providing a refuge for a whole manner of wildlife. In addition, they are creating the most scenic of green belts.

In terms of displaying a real Christmas tree in the home, you have the advantage of being able to choose from many different shapes and sizes. Vastu Shastra claims that Christmas trees bring positivity to a home or workspace and it can help with bringing good luck to a home.

Going and choosing a real tree is an experience that the whole family can enjoy. Then, once the tree is inside your home, there can be an aroma that really smells like Christmas.

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