Oregon is the best place in the world for Christmas trees.
With 4.7 million trees produced in 2017, that much
is not up for debate. But what is debatable is the age-old
question: Which of Oregon's Christmas tree species is the best
We're breaking it down for you.
5. Grand fir
According to the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree
Association, Grand fir represents 5% of the Christmas trees
grown in Oregon and Washington.
The Grand fir doesn't get too much love because, well, it
doesn't deserve it. The glossy fir appeals to the same people who
like fake trees and those people just buy fake trees.
4. Douglas fir
Yes, the Douglas fir is Oregon's state tree and yes, it is a
magnificent tree, even though it isn't actually a fir. A lot of
people throughout the country consider Douglas-fir to
be the Christmas tree - it's shapely and fluffy
and smells great.
But in Oregon, we have so many trees to choose from and this one
is so perfectly Christmas-tree-y it is actually just a boring
3. Nordmann fir
The Nordmann fir makes up only 4% of Christmas trees grown in
Oregon and Washington, according to the Pacific Northwest Christmas
Tree Association, so it might be harder to find at your local tree
But if you can find one, possible at a u-cut farm, you will find
this fir is hearty tree retains its needles very well during the
long Christmas holiday. And, if anyone in your family is sensitive
to the pine-y Christmas tree scent, the Nordmann isn't fragrant at
2. Colorado blue spruce
This tree will not only look good, but it will fill your house
with a lovely seasonal scent.
1. Noble fir
There can only be one top Oregon Christmas tree species and it
will come as no surprise to the tree connoisseur that is the Noble
The Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association says the Noble
fir makes up 54% of the trees grown in Oregon and Washington, and
with good reason. Here's a tree that is Christmas tree-shaped
without being too perfect or fluffy or conical. It smells just
right and keeps its sturdy needles long enough to make it through
Noble fir is the classic Oregon tree because it is so clearly
not a plastic tree out of a box.
A Noble fir in your living room tells all who enter: "These
people are casual and fun. They are probably wearing flannel and
drinking some local holiday ale. They probably celebrate Christmas
more as a cultural holiday and pagan ritual than anything else. And
they love trees."