Fraser fir is a uniformly pyramid-shaped tree. It has needles that are dark green on top and bluish underneath
White pines make nice trees for a formal living room, especially when they're decked with white shimmering
lights. This type of tree is not suited for heavy ornaments
Canaan (pronounced "Ka-naan", with emphasis on the last syllable) is a relative newcomer to the Christmas tree
market. It has many similarities to both Fraser and balsam firs in growth and appearance.
Douglas-fir is not related to the true firs. The branches are spreading to drooping, the buds sharply pointed and
the bark is very thick, fluted, ridged, rough and dark brown. The needles are dark green or blue green, 1 to 1
1/2 inches long, soft to the touch and radiate out in all directions from the branch. They have a sweet fragrance
Christmas Tree Safety and Facts
- Snap the needles to judge the freshness of a tree. If a tree is fresh, the needles will have a fairly crisp snap. Think about carrots. A fresh carrot will snap, but an old carrot will bend.
- Before bringing a cut tree into the house, place it in a five-gallon bucket of water and leave it to rehydrate for a day.
- Real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. One acre of Christmas trees produces enough oxygen for 18 people for a year.
- Make sure to recycle a live tree instead of burning it or disposing of it in a landfill. Find out the recycling options that are available in your community.
- Keep trees away from major sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, direct sunlight).
- Check the stand daily to make sure that the level of water does not go below the base of the tree.
- Always inspect light sets prior to placing them on the tree. If worn, replace with a new set.
- Do not overload electrical circuits.
- Use of lights that produce low heat, such as miniature lights, will reduce drying of the tree.
- Always turn off the tree lights when leaving the house or when going to bed.
- Use only non-flammable decorations.
- Monitor the tree for freshness. After Christmas or if the tree is dry, remove it from the house.
- Never burn any part of a Christmas tree in a wood stove or fireplace.