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The Line-up December 21, 2007

Not the type of line-up you’ll find at the local police station, but a pretty common sight all across Ohio and beyond in December. Tree farms cut an assortment of these pyramidal evergreens and ship them to the local market for the scrutiny of serious conifer connoisseurs. I wonder if anyone has studied the average number of trees each customer shakes, bounces and spins in search of bald spots, before a purchase is made? I’ll bet men are significantly less “invested” in the ritual purchase of the pine.

Our line-up looks like Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce and Concolor Fir at the far end. Norway Spruce has a nice green color and rather short, stiff needles perfect for supporting ornaments.

Blue Spruce has a distinctive blue cast. Single needled, powdery blue color and symmetrical shapes make this a popular variety for landscaping as well as for Christmas decorating.

The Concolor Fir or White Fir has some interesting features that make it one of my favorites. Longer needles, with an almost rubbery, artificial feel make it easy to use in holiday arrangements. No nasty pricks to your fingers, an interesting citrus-like fragrance and great color, all add up to make this tree worth checking out.

Here is the popular line-up at the Wade and Gatton lot, which tree does your family prefer? You can vote your favorite on the survey below.

2007-12-21 11:03:12 GMT
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