Which type would you choose?

Wisconsin Christmas trees include a variety of Spruce, Firs and Pines. Here is

some information on some of the ones that we grow on our tree farm.

Fraser Fir

The Fraser Fir is a beautiful Christmas tree. Fast becoming one of the most popular and sought after Christmas trees. Although they were native to the high elevations of the Appalachian Mountains, they have adapted well to the rugged Wisconsin climate. The needles are flat and short, 3/8”-1 1/4” long, and round tips. The dark green color and its pleasant fresh-cut aroma make this a frequently requested tree. The silvery underside of the Fraser Fir’s soft needles are pleasant to the touch and are retained on the tree throughout the Holiday Season. The Fraser Fir is fast becoming one of the most desired trees of retailers and consumers.

Balsam Fir

The Balsam Fir, a Wisconsin native, is a truly superb Christmas tree. It has short, 3/4”-1 1/2”, flat needles, that are rounded at the tip. The needles have no “stems” that attach them to the twigs and thus are singly attached and form a very soft feather-like spray of foliage. Its lovely green color and its fragrant, fresh-cut aroma make it one of the most desirable trees on the market. Even heavy ornaments can be hung from its strong boughs that have been pruned carefully for the desired shape. The Balsam Fir has cones that are about 3 inches long and ripen in the late summer to late fall, which is one reason  why you will often see cones on the trees on the lots.

White Pine

The White Pine is an excellent Christmas tree. It is the tree that made Wisconsin famous in the old logging days and it is a native of Wisconsin. The soft long needles have blue-green color with  just a hint of white to make this tree a favorite of pine buyers. The slender and flexible needles are 2”-5” long, in bundles of  five. Moderately strong boughs weep gracefully when hung with ornaments. Years of meticulous shearing create beautiful, dense conical shape tree that stands straight and retains its needles throughout the Christmas season. Because it prefers moist, sandy soils and cold winters it is especially suited for growing in Wisconsin.

Scotch Pine

The Scotch Pine is a bushy, full tree with 1 1/2”-3” needles that are stiff, flattened, twisted and spreading. The trees are sheared to form the dense, conical shape that people prefer. The needles have a green to blue-green color and have needles in bundles of two. The Scotch Pine was imported from Europe for Christmas tree raising and has many varieties.


Spruce trees have needles that are short, 1/2” - 1” long.    The needles are four-angled, prickly, stiff and sharp. The needles stick out from around the twigs. 

The Colorado Spruce is a truly  beautiful tree and is now in greater demand for Christmas. Needle colors range from dark green to powdery blue with needles that are 1” long and are very sharp when touched at the tip of the needles.

White Spruce is a valuable, native Wisconsin tree. Because of the long fiber of the wood it is highly prized for pulp. It’s blue-green foliage is very attractive and makes a good Christmas tree.

Black Spruce, also a native of Wisconsin, grows more slowly than the White Spruce. It has telltale, short dark hair on the ends of branches, which helps in telling it apart from the White Spruce.

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Christmas Trees of Wisconsin