My Christmas Trees and Glossary
People are starting to ask me about my holiday decorations in and around my home, and weâ€™ve actually been quite busy making things look festive. This year I acquired five magnificent trees from Jeff Sutherlandâ€™s Christmas Tree Farm in Elk Creek, Virginia (276-655-4088). Jeff was kind enough to deliver the trees himself and he explained that he has a total of 500 acres of trees growing in North Carolina and Virginia. What he brought to Bedford was a Noble Fir, a Douglas Fir, a Concolor Fir, a Fraser Fir, and a Blue Spruce. He also grows Scotch Pine and White Pine. One tree is already gracing the music room of the Summer House, as weâ€™re getting ready to shoot a caroling party for next yearâ€™s edition of Living. Another tree will be decorated beautifully for enjoyment in the Main House. And I think the remaining ones will be set up outdoors for everyone on the property to appreciate.
Christmas Tree Glossary
A real Christmas tree is one of the most popular traditions associated with Christmas and itâ€™s estimated that around 35 million trees are sold each year. If you havenâ€™t bought your tree and are having a difficult time choosing what type to get, here is a glossary that may help you decide.
Noble Fir â€“ has thick, silvery green needles, a symmetrical shape, and sturdy branches, making it a good choice if you have a lot of weighty ornaments. It has good needle retention and a pleasant mild citrus aroma.
Douglas Fir â€“ is one of the most popular Christmas Trees having a wonderful, sweet piney aroma. Its needles are soft, dark blue-green, and quite long lasting.
Concolor Fir â€“ has a strong, citrus aroma and silvery-blue needles. It has a tall, narrow silhouette and loosely spaced branches â€“ a good choice for showcasing ornaments.
Fraser Fir â€“ is another popular choice. It is symmetrically shaped, has strong branches and short dark-green needles with silver underneath. It is very fragrant and retains needles well.
Blue Spruce â€“ has stiff, bluish-gray needles and a very symmetrical form. Needles will drop in a warm room. This is a good choice for use as a living Christmas tree, to be planted outdoors after the holiday season.
Scotch Pine â€“ has stiff, dark green needles on stiff branches. It has an open appearance, making more room for ornaments. Holds needles very well.
White Pine â€“ has soft, blue-green needles 2 to 5 inches long. Its slender branches will not hold much weight and it has very little fragrance.