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[Graphic News] Popular varieties of Christmas trees

By Nam Kyung-don

Published : Dec. 22, 2023 - 20:23

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Douglas fir
These soft needles are dark green or blue-green in color and are about 2-3 centimeters in length. The Douglas fir’s needles radiate in all directions from the branch. When crushed, these needles have a sweet fragrance. They are one of the top Christmas tree choices.

Balsam fir
These trees exhibits a relatively dense, dark green, pyramidal crown with a slender spirelike tip. On lower branches, needles generally occur as two-ranked (two rows along sides of the branch), about 1-3 cm long, spreading and not crowded. The needles tend to be shorter and curved upward.

Nordmann fir
This tree has a unique appearance from other species used as Christmas trees.
With their thick, symmetrically arranged branches, Nordmann firs are perfect for displaying heavy ornaments. The dark green needles are short, smooth and are covered in a waxy cuticle that prevents water loss.

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