Did You Know There Were Differences?
The Colorado blue spruce and the balsam fir artificial Christmas trees are both popular for use as Christmas trees, but neither is a pine tree. Fine Gardening reveals that needles on pine trees appear on the branches in groups of two, three, and five, while spruce and fir needles grow on branches individually. Though that's a common characteristic for these two trees, there are differences that distinguish the blue spruce from the balsam fir. Wheather you're shopping for pre lit Christmas tree or 12 foot artificial Christmas tree
The shape of the needles is one way to tell a fir tree from a spruce. Balsam fir needles are flat, while blue spruce needles have four sides and are almost box-shaped. If it's difficult to tell them apart by sight, take a needle from each, one in your left hand and one in your right, and roll the needles between your thumbs and fingers. You'll have a hard time rolling the flat needle of a fir, but the multiple sides of a spruce needle allow it to roll easily.
Needle color is another feature that differs between the blue spruce and the balsam fir. The blue spruce gets its name from the bluish hue of the needles. Though many people enjoy the color, it isn't as vibrantly green as the balsam fir. According to Bob Vila, balsam fir needles are two-toned, displaying dark green on top and appearing silvery underneath.
Branch Strength and Fragrance
Branch strength and fragrance are two more ways to tell a fir from a spruce. Balsam firs have a fantastic pine-y smell that is characteristic of Christmas, while the National Christmas Tree Association says that spruces have a less-than-pleasant odor. On the other hand, the branches of the blue spruce are more sturdy than the balsam fir, allowing it to support ornaments better. Neither of these issues will matter, however, when you opt for an artificial fir or spruce from TreeTime.