5 Characteristics of the Best Christmas Trees

Christmas trees

Choosing the right type of Christmas tree is important because Christmas trees are often a focal point for many family activities and traditions. And similar to all other trees, Christmas trees also have different shapes and qualities that make some types more popular than others. Given the many types of Christmas trees that are available, it is important to think about how the tree will be used before making a final purchase.

Real vs. Artificial

Artificial and real Christmas trees can often be bought from the same retail stores these days as local businesses and retail chain stores often sell both types of trees. The best place to get a real and fresh Christmas tree, and also to see a wide variety, is likely a Christmas tree farm however. Using modern technology, Both real and artificial trees can also be obtained in a variety of ways. Many families still prefer choosing that perfect tree from a Christmas tree farm. Others have had the same artificial tree for years and remind friends and family of the effort and cleaning a real tree will require. Somehow the stands that hold up either type of tree can still cause issues, at least according to several popular holiday movies.

The Right Height

While a tall tree may look very elegant, it may not be suitable if there aren’t many adults around who can reach the tree’s heights. And a very short tree may be dwarfed by other furniture in the room. It’s therefore very important to carefully consider and get a tree that has a suitable height and also one that has sturdy branches to hold heavy ornaments.


The most popular Christmas trees basically have a pyramid or cone shape. A pyramid-shaped tree is likely taller and has somewhat of an elegant look. Douglas Fir, which ranks first among Christmas tree favorites, is an example of a pyramid-shaped tree. Others include Fraser, Balsam and Noble firs. A cone shape tree tends to be short with dense branches, which makes them excellent for holding many ornaments and other decorations. Families that have a strong tradition of making their own ornaments, or putting mementos on Christmas trees may consider a cone-shaped tree. Virginia and Scotch Pines, Norway Spruce and the Eastern White Pine all have cone shapes.


Another feature that makes Christmas trees appealing is their color. The color choices of artificial trees are too numerous to dive into. While all real trees have a green appearance, a closer look at their needles will reveal differences such as a bright or dark-green, blue-green or yellowish-green hue. The needles may also emit a silvery sheen with the right lighting. Fraser and Noble firs both have needles with a silvery sheen, and the branches of both trees are also used for garlands and wreaths.


Most people choose a fresh Christmas tree for its fragrance, which can be fairly strong or just subtle, giving off just enough of a whiff of scent. Once again, the firs are a popular choice and are very fragrant trees. The Eastern White Pine is however, a tree that doesn’t have much fragrance. Whether you have a favorite type of Christmas tree or will choose one from its appearance, there are many choices to satisfy the desire to have a fragrant and well-decorated tree for Christmas.