Every tree grown on the Beckwith Family Christmas Tree Farm is hand-sheared to assure a naturally beautiful shape for easier decorating; and every variety has unique features
The Balsam fir is a lush, dark-green tree. It is fairly dense, with long-lasting needles.
This tree tends to keep its wonderful fragrance well into the holiday season.
The Fraser fir got its name from the Scot botanist, John Fraser, who found the tree in the southern Appalachians.
The Fraser fir closely resembles the Balsam.
The flattened leaves are dark-green, and form a medial grove on the upper side, and two, silvery-white bands on the lower surface, a pleasing contrast that seems to sparkle in the lights.
Fraser firs travel well and retain their pleasant fragrance.
As the name implies, this tree has an attractive, silvery blue foliage that seems to shine in the light.
The blue spruce has a extremely symmetrical, natural form, requiring minimal shearing.
Some may notice that the needles of the Colorado Blue Spruce are more prickly than other varieties. This quality can be used as a method of deterring pets and children from playing in the tree.
These beautiful, hearty trees were once particularly abundant in forests that had been ravaged by fire-while many other trees perished, the thick barked
Douglas fir often survived. The Douglas Fir is not related to true firs.
It's thickness and spreading branches make this tree a favorite in many homes, and it is now grown commercially in order to meet supply.
The Scotch pine is known for its dark green foliage and stiff branches which are well suited for decorating with both light and heavy ornaments.
It has excellent needle retention characteristics and holds up well throughout harvest, shipping and display.
It resists drying, and if permitted to become dry, does not drop its needles. When displayed in a water filled container it will remain fresh for the normal 3 to 4 week Christmas season.
Sometimes known as a white fir, the Concolor fir has good foliage color, a pleasing natural shape and aroma, and good needle retention.
Leaves (needles) are small and narrow and occur in rows. On upper branches, needles tend to be thicker and more curved than those on lower branches.
Needles are usually 1/2 to 1 1/2 inch long, pointed or notched at the tip, bluish-green when young.
A particular favorite for those who love a tall Christmas tree, the Grand fir produces a beautiful, thick foliaged tree when sheared and is known for its strong fragrance.
It is easily distinguished from other Pacific Northwest firs by its sprays of lustrous needles in two distinct rows. They are usually horizontally spread so that both the upper and lower sides of the branches are clearly visible.
The needles are 1 to 1 1/2 inches long with glossy dark green tops and two highly visible white lines on the undersides.
The Canaan fir is quite similar to both the balsam fir and the Fraser fir, yet varies slightly from both.
The subtle differences are apparent to the grower, but many families are equally pleased with any of the three species.
The name comes from the original trees found in a limited area of West Virginia referred to as the Canaan Valley.
Nordmann Fir is the European Christmas tree of choice. It is native to the mountains of the Black Sea. The Nordmann is one of the handsomest of all the firs. Its dark green glossy needles are borne on symmetrically arranged branches exhibiting a perfectly pyramidal specimen evergreen.
Nordmann Fir is favored for its attractive foliage, with needles that are not sharp, and do not drop readily. It is also the least fragrant of our Christmas trees, which makes it the perfect tree for those with allergies who still want the look of a freshly cut Christmas tree.