The Fraser fir may be the perfect holiday tree. Its attractive 1-inch needles are silvery-green and soft to the touch. Because there is space between the branches, the Fraser is easier to decorate than some trees. The firm branches hold heavier ornaments. The trees grow to almost perfect shapes, and as long as the cut tree is kept properly watered, the Frasier fir has excellent needle retention.
The Douglas fir is another quintessential Christmas tree with soft, shiny green needles. It's one of the densest of the bunch, so if it has been trimmed to form a perfect cone shape, you might want to consider smaller ornaments.
Know for its white (or sometimes blue-green) needles, the concolor fir tree (also known as the white fir tree) is one of the hardiest varietals of holiday tree. It's inch-long needles curve outward and upward on the branch, giving the tree a distinct cone-like shape. It's also one of the more pleasantly-scented varieties, emitting a lemon smell when its branches or needles are crushed. Because the white fir can withstand a bit more neglect than other varietals, it's a great option for those who may be traveling frequently during the holiday season and therefore, may be unable to water their tree on a regular schedule.
Also known as the Scots pine, this varietal initially gained popularity in Great Britain. You want to wear gloves when dyour tree—its needles can be sharp as pins! Still, it has hearty branches and is very resistant to dropping needles
(Sizes range from Table Top all the way up to 16 feet)