Types of Trees

Fraser Firs

These trees do not grow well here in this part of Iowa so we have them cut fresh and shipped. These sell for $8-10 per foot. They have short soft needles with a silver cast on the bottom, are slow growing and have dense wood. Their branches are fairly sturdy and have good needle retention. They have a marvelous aroma and are a very popular tree. We have nearly doubled our order for these trees this year.

Canaan Fir

These sell for about $7 per foot. (pronounced  “ca-NANE”). These are very similar to the Fraser Fir and are sometimes hard to tell apart. They have short, soft needles with a slight silver cast on the bottom side of the needles. They are a slow growing tree and have a good natural shape and excellent needle retention with a lovely aroma.

Concolor Fir

These trees sell for about $7 foot.  They are usually offered as an ornamental transplant but can be used as a Christmas tree as well. They have medium length, curved needles, are medium soft, have slow growing branches that are very sturdy and have good needle retention. They also have a unique citrus aroma. They need very little pruning or shaping since they have a natural shape.

Douglas Fir

These sell for about $7 per foot. They are slow growing, have short, soft needles and dense wood. They also tend to have a good natural shape.  The branches are medium strength and tend to grow more upright and have a very nice aroma.

Scotch Pine

These trees are the most common Christmas tree in Iowa, and sell for about $6 per foot. They are fast growing with medium-length needles and sturdy branches. Sometimes the trunks don’t grow perfectly straight. They have good needle retention.

White Pine

These trees are native to this area and sell for about $6 foot. They are fast growing and have long soft needles with good needle retention, and the branches are flexible so they do not hold heavy ornaments well. The trunks tend to be straight.

Norway Spruce

These are not generally used for Christmas Trees.  They are frequently used for transplants or windbreaks. Spruces tend to lose their needles sooner than firs or pines.

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