The holiday season is upon us and for many, this means selecting the perfect Christmas tree for our homes. What the right tree will be for you, comes down to factors such as, tree longevity and whether or not the tree is hypoallergenic. In today’s blog, we will be looking at these factors as well as tips for helping your tree stay fresh longer.
There are many different types of trees available on the market which are native to Ontario. They include: White Spruce, Scots Pine, Balsam Fir, White Pine and Colorado Blue Spruce. There are also some more exotic options such as: Fraser Fir, Serbian Spruce, Douglas Fir, Canaan Fir and Concolour Fir. While these names might not mean much to the common tree picker, they are good to know when looking for specific traits.
For example, if anyone is looking for a tree that will last them a long time, the Concolour Fir can last almost all the way up to Easter if properly maintained, whereas a Spruce will only last two weeks. There are also things you can do to get your tree to last longer such as knowing when the tree was cut, putting it in water as soon as possible and keeping your tree away from heat vents.
As someone who is allergic to Christmas trees or lives with someone who is, you may be searching for an option that will allow you to have a live tree without the negative effects. Washing, shaking out loose needles and setting up the tree outside can all help, but sometimes is not enough and there are alternatives. For those allergic to pine pollen, a fir, spruce or cypress might be good. A Leyland Cypress is a great option for people who are allergic to all trees in general as it does not produce any pollen being a sterile hybrid tree.
The right tree is out there for everyone. Once you know what it is you are looking for it is only a matter of going out and getting the tree so for all of those who haven’t yet, happy tree hunting!