6. Eastern Red Cedar: While it ranks number 6, many consider an Eastern Red Cedar the quintessential Christmas tree of the South. However, I now live in Florida and while I really don’t consider this tropically touristy area “the South," I can’t remember ever seeing any Eastern Red Cedars in the local Christmas tree lots. I’m told that they are more often available at tree farms and cut-your-own plantations, which is way North of here. I’ll have to have one of my elves check out the Florida Panhandle market. What intrigues me about this possibly perfect Christmas tree choice is the color possibilities. There is the traditional dark green, and bluish green, but also silvery, gray green, bronze and even better than that? PURPLE! We need to get some of these shipped down here. Plus they are very aromatic. On the down side, the needles are sharp and prickly, and there isn’t much room for hanging ornaments. But some of the cultivars come in BRONZE and PURPLE. I think that’s a fair trade. The needles are short and – I’ll be honest here – a little funky looking, but that in itself could be an exciting new challenge.
It might not be my first choice for the perfect Christmas tree, but bronze and purple are just to delectable to ignore.
7. White Spruce: Another traditional family favorite, the White Spruce is THE perfect Christmas tree for hanging ornaments. They have a lovely natural shape, with the branches having rounded tips. Their color ranges from green to bluish green, with the needles being ½ to ¾ inches long. On some Christmas tree websites, it ranks the second worst tree for needle retention – Yikes! – and the needle texture, while not homicidal aren’t very soft either. The needles also have a nasty odor when crushed. Just how nasty is nasty? On the National Christmas Tree Association web site it refers to nicknames such as “skunk spruce” or “cat spruce.” With all that being said, it has such a pure and lovely form, it just has to be on your list to at least consider. Just don’t go around crushing the needles.