Noble Fir are native to the Cascade Range of northwest California, Western Oregon and Washington. Natural habitat is above 4000′ and only grow in the Pacific Northwest.
Noble Firs are, by far, our most popular seller and the variety preferred by Anthony himself.
Noble Fir Christmas trees soft blue-green needles on evenly spaced strong branches give them a full and layered appearance.
The plump needle and branch retain water well which helps this variety stay fresher long after being cut. This is a perfect tree for our Santa Barbara climate due to the water retention of the branch.
Noble Fir emits a distinctive yet mild woodsy evergreen scent that really lights up a room! The rigid branches of Noble Fir hold heavy ornaments well.
Noble Fir have grown in popularity and now, due to their wonderful fragrance and superior needle retention, outsell all other varieties in the Western United States.
Noble Fir were first grown for Christmas trees in Oregon in the 1960’s.
Noble Fir boughs make up 99% of the wreaths that we sell here at Anthony’s.
Anthony’s will have Noble Firs from 2 feet to 15 feet tall, and some even taller upon pre-order request. To ensure your selection we recommend pre-ordering any tree over 8 feet.
Nordmann Fir are indigenous to the mountains of Turkey, Georgia, and the Russian Caucasus.
The Nordmann fir are favored for its attractive foliage, with needles that are not sharp and do not drop readily when the tree dries out.
The Nordmann have plump needles and branches which retain water well thereby helping this variety stay fresh much like the Noble Fir. Because of the water retention it also shares the characteristic of strong sturdy branches with the Noble Fir.
The Nordmann Fir needles have a subtle light-blue underside which lights up the appearance of the layered branches, their dark green needles are smooth and covered with a waxy cuticle which prevents water loss.
This gives Nordmann Fir a minimal fragrance so it is recommended when choosing a Christmas tree for individuals with allergies. It is also what makes Nordmann Fir the longest lasting Christmas tree in your home. Nordmann Fir Christmas trees will have little or no needle loss throughout the holiday season.
With superior seed selection, improved production methods, and nurtured by our expert growers, our Oregon grown Nordmann Fir Christmas trees are very durable, long lasting trees for your home.
We will have Nordmann Fir this year from 5′ feet to trees 15′ feet tall. Yes taller ones are available but only by pre-order.
If you are displaying your Christmas Tree in a bright sunny room or in front of a picture window or in a room with a fireplace that is used, this is the tree for your house.
Douglas Fir are native to North America, they grow in the coastal regions from British Columbia to Central California.
Douglas Fir has been commonly used as a Christmas tree since the 1920s, and the trees are typically grown on plantations.
These are the original tree variety that Anthony sold as a young entrepreneur in the 1950’s, but those were the uncultivated Douglas firs. These were not sheared while growing therefor they had a wispy appearance with longer branches and were far less full than the Douglas firs you find on our tree lot now.
The branches are packed (due to yearly shearing) with soft green needles that are plush to the touch and exude a distinctive classic pine scent. The fragrance of Douglas fir persists through the entire Christmas tree season.
The needles of the Douglas Fir are fine and skinny, the branches are about 1/3 of the diameter of a Noble Fir branch, this means they cannot retain as much water and will dry out much quicker after being cut than the Noble Fir. It is for this reason that Anthony’s typically gets our first shipment of Douglas Fir on Dec 1st.
They naturally grow very straight and more rapidly than other varieties of Christmas trees giving them exceptional value. These characteristics along with their uniform shape and classic fragrance keep this variety a family favorite for the ages.
We will have Douglas Fir this year from 5 foot to 10 feet tall, and I am going to look for a couple of taller ones too.
Grand Fir are native to the pacific Northwest.
It is a minor Christmas tree species throughout Washington and Oregon, but a major species in the inland states of Idaho and Montana.
Past research has identified the “Panhandle” area of Idaho as a desirable seed source. Most seedlings produced for Christmas tree growers originate from this region.
Grand Fir needles are flattened, shiny dark green on the top side with two green-white bands, that kind of look silver, on the underside of the needle.
It produces a beautiful, thick foliage tree when sheared and is well known for its sweetly scented, robust, citrus like fragrance.
Branch structure is good, and post- harvest needle retention is fair to good. When possible, we suggest this tree be purchased later in season similar to Douglas Firs.
While these trees grow abundantly in the Pacific Northwest where our growers reside, our principle supplier doesn’t grow this variety anymore.
We look to carry some of these every year but sometimes we just cant and these have become a specialty tree for us.
When they are in stock, they will be in the 6 to 9 foot range only.
Blue Spruce is native to Canada and the United States, its natural range extends from British Columbia through Colorado to northern New Mexico.
It has been widely introduced elsewhere and is used as an ornamental tree in many places far beyond its native range. The blue spruce is a coniferous, with blue-green to silvery blue colored needles that are sharply pointed.
This Christmas tree has good symmetrical form and has an attractive blue foliage. It has an elegant conical shape and an abundant needles. It also has good needle retention. Leaves (needles) are 1-1 1/2 inches long on lower branches but somewhat shorter on upper branches. They are 4-sided and have a very sharp point on the end.
These are very popular in the Midwest.
Anthony’s generally does not offer these as a cut Christmas tree although we have sold some of these as potted trees in the past.
The Fraser fir is native to the Appalachian Mountains of Southeastern United States, and is closely related and sometimes mistaken for the Balsam Fir.
Fraser Fir have strong, slightly upturned branches. The soft needles are blue green in color and have very good needle retention after harvesting.
Their mild, pleasant fragrance, conical shape, and sturdy symmetrical branches make the Fraser Fir widely used as a Christmas tree.
Fraser Firs have been invited to the White House for Christmas more than any other variety of Christmas tree.
(I’m thinking that is because they haven’t heard of a Noble Fir)
North Carolina produces the majority of Fraser fir Christmas trees.
Anthony’s does not carry this variety of Christmas tree.