Other Trees to Consider
These trees offer up unusual beauty for your holiday decorating.
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Native to the desert Southwest, Cupressus arizonica is often seen at Christmas tree lots across the southern tier of states.Its dense, pyramid shape, gray to blue-green foliage, and attractive fragrance make it a popular choice.
With its distinctive blue color, Picea pungens stands out in a crowd. The stiff branches easily support the heaviest of ornaments. But beware: the needles are sharp and capable of a painful jab. On the plus side, the tree retains its needles well. This large-growing tree is often chosen as a live tree for planting after Christmas.
A rich aroma draws many people to Abies balsamea. When young, balsams have a nice, dense pyramid form and make good cut Christmas trees. If you decide to buy a live tree for planting later, be aware that the tree becomes looser and less dense as it grows, losing its Christmas tree appearance.