When you take a look at rows of Christmas trees, you can’t help but think that these are all one and the same. Upon closer inspection, however, you’ll find that these grand beauties are actually very different from each other. There are firs, spruces, and pines, and they are determined by its leaves and needles. Below are some tips to guide you in identifying your Christmas tree:
A fir tree has long, narrow, and flat leaves. The needles can’t be rolled between the fingers as they’re tightly attached to the branches. It has stiff, cylindrical cones that break apart in maturation. Fir needles are soft and expose a smooth bark when they fall off.
Spruce trees have sharp and pointy needles that are individually attached to the branches in a spiral manner. These have a square or angular shape and can be easily rolled between the fingers. Connecting the needles to the bark are small woody attachments that remain when the needles fall off, leaving a rough feel to the bark. The branches have bare undersides that are perfect for hanging ornaments. However, the leaves fall off faster than firs and pines.
Pine tree needles are attached to the branches in clusters. These bunches are widely spaced from each other, giving the tree a sparse appearance compared to the dense spruce and fir. Its leaves don’t fall of easily and the cones are favorite materials by crafts people.
All three are magnificent symbols of the season where the family would love to gather around and open presents on Christmas morning. Knowing the different characteristics of the fir, spruce and pine enables you to choose the best one that fits your home.