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How to Pick the Perfect Christmas Tree

Published on November 19, 2015

Fir, pine and spruce Christmas trees are the most popular picks (Image: Machopicture)

You know the holiday season is here when it’s time to bundle up, get outside and find the perfect Christmas tree. But it can take precious time away from other holiday shopping. There are so many different Christmas trees to choose from—fir, pine and spruce. And it can be downright cold outside when you’re looking for one. The expert elves at the Evergreen Garden Market want to spread a little festive cheer by helping you with this guide to pick the perfect Christmas tree.

I’m sensitive to strong smells

If you want a Christmas tree that’s beautiful, but doesn’t overpower your home with its smell these are right for you. Top three least fragrant Christmas trees: Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, White Pine

I love the smell of Christmas trees in my home

On the other hand, if part of the holiday season includes filling your home with the Christmas tree smell then pick one of these. Top three most fragrant Christmas trees: Serbian Spruce, Norway Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce

I want a Christmas tree with softer, less prickly needles

Do you have young kids who are filled with curiousity? Maybe pets that love to explore. Either way, you need a pesticide-free Christmas tree with more forgiving needles. Top three softer needle Christmas trees: Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, White Pine

I need a Christmas tree that’s strong to hold heavy ornaments

If you load up the lights, tinsel and ornaments then you better make sure your Christmas tree can handle the extra weight. Top three strongest Christmas trees: Scotch Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce, Serbian Spruce

I don’t want to clean up those messy needles

If you keep your Christmas tree properly watered its needles will naturally stay up longer. However, some naturally drop their needles more than others. Top three needle retaining Christmas trees: Scotch Pine, White Pine, Balsam Fir

I just want the best all-around Christmas tree that will “Wow!”

If you’re not concerned with some of those details, these are more traditional Christmas trees that you can’t go wrong with. Top three all-around classic Christmas trees: Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine

I don’t have a lot of space but want a full-size Christmas tree

Just because you’re short on space, it doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice on your Christmas tree during the holiday season. Try a skinny tree, you’ll be glad you did! Top small space Christmas tree: Skinny Fraser Fir

I want a no sweat, no water, not-like-any-other Christmas tree

It’s time to get creative and DIY your own Christmas tree. You can find many of these objects around your house. Here are 22 DIY Christmas tree ideas inspired by Bored Panda. Whichever Christmas tree you choose to make, you’ll certainly have your guests talking about it.

If you really want to create an experience out of picking your perfect live Christmas tree then find a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm in your area. Make sure to find one that’s grown pesticide-free. If you’re in Toronto, the Evergreen Garden Market at Evergreen Brick Works carries each one of these locally grown, fresh-cut Christmas tree types. They’re available starting in mid-November. When you’ve got your tree up at home here are 10 easy tips to help you take care of your Christmas tree so it stays fresher longer. 

Written by: Blair Smith, Marketing Manager, Evergreen