There are several different tree species used as Christmas trees, such as the fir, pine, spruce, cypress and cedar. For each of the main category of Christmas trees, there are also different types among those. Plus, there are many different varieties of artificial Christmas trees available.
Region plays a large part in the type of tree you can choose from, but the most popular varieties tend to be the balsam fir, Douglas fir, Scotch pine, Virginia pine and the eastern white pine, mainly because of how easy they are to grow. There are also fiber-optic trees for those who are worried about fires or the tree needles getting all over the floor.
When choosing a tree, there are many reasons to go with a real rather than an artificial tree, beyond the fact it permeates the house with a nice fragrance. Real trees are very beneficial to the environment as they are biodegradable, meaning they can be used for many things after the holidays are over. For some people, getting to the store to buy a fiber-optic tree is much easier, especially since it can be stored and reused for years to come.
Across the United States, you can pick from 35 different types of evergreens grown especially for their Christmas appeal.