Christmas Tree Varieties

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree, what kind of Christmas tree is best for me?

For many of us, putting up and decorating a Christmas tree is a staple part of the holiday season. Gathering with the family, pulling out boxes of handmade ornaments, and finding the perfect branch to put each one on is a time-honored tradition. For the truly adventurous, choosing a tree begins with a trek into our tree field with a saw in hand and seemingly limitless choices around you. At Van Wilgen’s we carry several varieties of Christmas trees, each with its own unique features. To help make the choice a little easier, we’ve compiled a few quick facts about our favorite tree options.


Fraser Fir

  • All of our pre-cut trees are Fraser Firs, though we also have a selection available in the tree field
  • Pre-cut trees range in size from 4 feet, up to 11 feet tall
  • Trees in the field are up to 6 feet tall
  • Needles are short, dark green with a silver underside
  • Soft to the touch
  • Very fragrant with excellent needle retention
  • Branches are strong, making them great for heavy ornaments


Douglas Fir

  • Trees are up to 8-9 feet in height
  • Needles are long and light green in color
  • Soft to the touch.
  • Very full in shape.
  • Extremely fragrant- smells like oranges!
  • Best needle retention


Blue Spruce

  • Up to 10 feet in height
  • Needles are frosty blue in color
  • Sharp to the touch…Kids & Pets be careful!
  • Blue Spruce has the strongest branches making it the best choice for heavy ornaments
  • Pleasant fragrance
  • Good needle retention


Turkish Fir

  • A Van Wilgen Favorite!
  • Up to 7-8 feet in height (6-7 feet is average)
  • Needles are dark green with a silvery underside
  • Needles are larger and showier than that of Fraser Fir
  • Soft to the touch
  • Best fragrance and needle retention
  • Sturdy branches are perfect for heavy ornaments

We look forward to seeing you soon!