Karl Yunghans, owner of Little Worth Christmas Tree Farm on Tuckahoe Road in Upper Township, hauls a fresh cut tree to bundle for a customer.
John Flammer, of Port Republic, carries his daughter, Mollyanne, 3, while tree hunting at the Ponderosa Tree Farm in Galloway Township on Friday.
Sean Cannaday, of Seaville, Upper Township, and his son, Connor, 6, pick out a live Christmas Tree at Little Worth Christmas Tree Farm. Little Worth Christmas Tree Farm on Tuckahoe Road in Upper Township is a place where people can pick out a live tree to cut.
Mark Newcomb, owner of the Ponderosa Tree Farm in Galloway Township, prepares to cut trees on Friday.
- Types of Christmas tree
Blue spruce: The official state tree of Colorado and Utah, the blue spruce has a narrow, pyramidal shape. Its needles are bluish-gray and have an unpleasant odor when crushed. It is known for its symmetry, and its needles are used for stuffing pine-pillows. It has good needle retention.
Douglas fir: The common name for this popular Christmas tree is a misnomer. It is not actually a fir. Its branches are spread to drooping, its buds sharply pointed and its bark thick and dark brown. Its needles are dark green or bluish-green, an inch to an inch-and-a-half in length and soft to the touch. Four Douglas fir grown at Wyckhoff’s Christmas Tree Farm in Belvidere, Warren County, will be displayed at the White House this holiday through the 2013 National Christmas Tree Contest.
Concolor fir: This tree, also known as the white fir, is native to the western United States and is known for its good needle retention and citruslike aroma. Its small, narrow needles are bluish-green and about an inch to an inch-and-a-half in length. Its bark is thin, smooth and gray with numerous resin-bearing pockets. It has a spirelike crown and a straight trunk.
Canaan fir: Pronounced “ka-naan,” with the emphasis on the last syllable, the Canaan fir has been used as a Christmas tree for only a little more than 100 years, making it a relatively new species for that purpose. Its needles are dark green to bluish-green and have silvery stomatic bands on their undersides. On some trees, needles are shorter and curved upward, but these characteristics can vary.
White pine: The largest pine species native to the United States, the white pine has thin bluish-green to silver-green needles that are regularly arranged in bundles of five. Its needles are more than two inches long. It has good needle retention but little aroma, and it is not recommended for heavy ornaments. In colonial times, it was often used as a ship mast.
For more information about these and other trees and where to get them, visit njchristmastrees.org.
Posted: Sunday, December 1, 2013 12:00 am
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