The Douglas-Fir has been the major Christmas tree species grown in the Pacific Northwest since the 1920's. During the following 40 years, nearly all trees were harvested from forest lands. Since the 1950's, the transformation from growing trees in the wild to culturing them on plantations has been dramatic. Today, few trees come from forest lands. Nationally, it remains one of the most popular Christmas tree species. It is shipped to the majority of the states and is also exported. Douglas firs are normally sheared and will produce a crop within 7 to 9 years depending upon the site and growing area.
An excellent Christmas tree because of its beauty, stiff branches and long keep-ability, this species is growing in popularity (between 40% and 60% of the fresh tree market in the Pacific Northwest). It is also widely used in the greenery business to make wreaths, door swags, garlands and other Christmas products. Noble Fir Christmas Trees mature in 9 - 12 years and are best grown at higher elevations.
Grand Fir are by far the most fragrant Christmas tree on the market today. The foliage is soft to the touch with beautiful, long, glossy dark green needles on the top side and a silvery under side. Branch density is uniform and consistent. They are a favorite of the customer that enjoys the scent of a fresh cut Christmas tree in their home.
Relatively new to the US market the Nordman or Turkish Fir is rapidly gaining in popularity due to its beautiful shape, dark green color, and excellent needle retention. Nice sturdy branching and soft foliage make this tree a pleasure to decorate. The Nordman has long been the most popular Christmas tree in Europe and there is definitely a reason for it.