No Canadian can imagine the festive season without the wonderful smell of a real Christmas tree full of decorations. Check out our guide to Christmas trees in Toronto to find out about different tree types as well as the best spots to get your special tree for this year’s holiday.
Fir is the most commonly used Christmas tree type across North America. You can easily recognize them by checking their needle-like leaves that completely encircle the branches. Firs’ huge benefit as Christmas trees is that they usually don’t shed their needles when they dry out and they keep their wonderful scent and fresh colour over a longer time. When looking for your ideal fir, you might find out that there are numerous genera on the market. Choose from among Douglas, Fraser, Balsam, Grand, Guatemalan, Red, and White Fir.
Fir Tree by Timo Newton-Syms
Pines used to be very popular Christmas trees throughout the ’80s, only to be defeated by the beauty of firs on the North American market (but Europeans love them still!). They can be distinguished from firs by their longer needles that usually grow on two sides of the branches. The possible trouble with pines stems from the fact that they are full of sap, which could easily end up on your carpet. Again, there are plenty of pines you can choose from: Pinyon, Jeffrey, Stone, Swiss, or Scots Pine.
Pine Needles by Richard Freeman
Spruce is the most common Christmas tree type in Europe and generally the cheapest. You can distinguish spruces by its needles’ quadrangular growth on the branches and the triangular-pointed scale tips of its cones. To keep spruces in excellent shape, especially when it comes to their needles’ colour, it is necessary to keep them watered (maybe a little jar under the trunk would do the job). Spruce types include Norway, Colorado Blue, and Serbian.
Spruce by Chris Campbell
Cypress has become one of the most sought-after Christmas tree types in the southeastern United States; otherwise, it’s commonly used as an ornamental tree all over the world. This cypress cannot be found naturally, as it is a hybrid and has to be propagated by rooted cuttings only. Shoots have mostly mahogany colour and the tree has almost no aroma itself. Leyland Cypress is an excellent choice for those who want to feel that their Christmas tree doesn’t come from the wild, but was solely created for our pleasure.
Leyland Cypress by Peter Birch
As for any tree type you may choose, the best treatment you can go for is providing the tree with a bit of water. Don’t get angry if you find out your excellent carpet is covered with sap and needles — you invited nature into your apartment and the beautiful smell of forest is certainly worth it!
Top Places to Get Christmas Trees in Toronto
Horton’s Magic Hill Tree Farm
Home Farm – 5924 Slaters Rd, Gormley ON,
Magic Hill Farm – 13953 Ninth Line, Stouffville ON,
Kennedy Farm – 15899 Kennedy Rd, Whitchurch-Stouffville ON
Phone No.: 905-888-1738
Go and cut your Christmas tree yourself! Return to childhood with your grandparents and saw down your ideal tree, just like people did in the past. Trees go for $40 each, and don’t forget to enjoy some hot chocolate and candies as well as a magic hill toboggan for your little ones.
Friendly staff and affordable prices will welcome you at Fiesta Garden Centre. Prices range from $2.48 for a small, three-foot tree to $200 for a huge, 14-foot giant. Balsam and Fraser firs are the most popular trees around here, but the offer is much wider.
This is a good choice for environmentally conscious buyers searching for locally-grown trees. Prices start as low as $20, and the offered tree varieties comprise Balsam and Fraser fir as well as White and Scotch Pine.
East End Garden Centre
For all the last-minute buyers, East End Garden Centre has to be recommended as it stays open until Christmas day. The stocks are full until the very end, so no stressing out is needed. The staff are always eager to help with tree choice, and the offer remains traditionally wide.