Christmas trees

Christmas trees: types and their properties

Types of Christmas trees.

Before you are a Christmas tree into your home it is interesting to go through these quick tips.

Species of trees and their main features.

the ordinary green spruce (Picea abies synonym: Picea excelsa)

Serbian spruce (Picea omorika)
A rather small but compact spruce. With its drooping branches, it is also a very graceful tree. Needles are green on top and blue on the bottom so the tree is bluish appearance.
It’s a fast grower in the garden to 8 to 10 m high. They keep their needles in much better than ordinary green spruce.

The Blue Spruce (Picea pungens ‘Glauca’)
This blue spruce always brings a beautifully shaped tree. Has a limited naaldval.

The Nordmann (Abies nordmanniana)
The dark green, glossy needles provide very little naaldval. Remember if you buy it for future openings in the garden to plant it later to 20 meters high.

the noble fir (Abies nobilis)
Fragrant tree with soft needles. Almost no naaldval.
Needles are blue-green on top. Branches are often used for Christmas greenery.

the noble fir (Abies procera)
A good needle containing tree. Nobilis is special about a Christmas tree is its beautiful blue-green color and unique fragrance. Its irregular growth makes this beautiful Christmas tree so special. Furthermore, he also possesses good standing cones.

Korean fir (Abies koreana).
Very good needle retaining tree.
Abies Koreana is a beautifully shaped tree. The soft needles are bright green and have a silvery white underside, giving the tree a very decorative value. During the Christmas period have these firs are often beautiful purple blue cones. Unlike most other pines, we find that even back upward cones on young, small specimens of only 1 meter high.

Known difference between Abies and Picea.
A distinction between Abies (fir) and Picea (s) we can make using these features.

The upright, blunt needles of Abies (fir) feel much softer. Spruce cones are always upright.
The hanging needles of Picea (s) are prickly.
When we pull off a needle is a piece of bark (flag) it. Pine Apples are still downside.

Tips for choosing a Christmas tree.

Shake the tree to look to see if needles fall thereby. Many needles fall may indicate that the tree has lifted a long time and is no longer fresh and fresh.
Besides you can always shake even feel the needles. This is done by using your thumb and forefinger along a twig rubbing. The needles fall off easily here, you look better to another tree.

Very important is also to see how the roots are still in the original rootball. There are various variations:

Grown in pots.
These plants will not give up easily chipped roots and thus retain their needles.

With good solid rootball.
This year were on the farms around chipped. This creates a short but sturdy main roots around it with a lot of hair roots responsible for water absorption.

With root ball in a hanging bag. The root ball sits in a cloth or burlap sack hanging gaaslap and gravely.
This root ball comes from plants that are not even 2-year round outlet. Thus, at this Christmas fir long main roots. When the projection has been only a small part of the main roots + with almost no hair roots. This tree will have difficulty absorbing water and soon there will be preventive needles begin to fall.

With little land.
Little land is the same reason as the sagging burlap sack strongly discouraged.

Without land.
The firs one in which large numbers in the Ardennes are usually grown without soil dug up. The few roots that the trees will have already dried up against them in the living room. Since dried roots can not guarantee the water intake, these short-lived fir more fortunate.

Sawed trees.
A sawed fir can not form new roots. These will soon get tricky.

For all these trees, the same rule. The better they can keep their needles, the more work it is preceded in the nursery, and the more expensive they are.

Finally, I recommend everyone do in advance to measure how wide and how big the Christmas tree in the house may be. It is a sin of the top piece to be cut.

Once the Christmas tree we had bought a suit for care for the best Christmas tree with little needle loss coverage. see the article in the list on caring for Christmas trees.

Already many Christmas fun.

Kurt Voss Aert

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