Species commonly found in marketplaces of the western USA include:
Noble Fir, which is the most popular variety in the western United States, is prized for a dense-symmetrical shape, stiff branches and excellent needle retention.
Nordmann Fir is similar in appearance to Noble fir but is a bit hardier with a deeper color. Its stiffer, evenly spaced branches compensate for its somewhat higher price.
Douglas Fir, with it pyramidal form, is one of the most preferred varieties all over the Country. It is grown in many parts of America and is exported to foreign markets.
Grand Fir differs from most other fir trees in its exceptional uniformity. It has a powerful citrus-like evergreen aroma but does not last as long as some others.
Silvertip or Red Fir (Abies Magnifica) is the most sought after of all Christmas trees. It is grown only at the highest elevations of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges.
White fir is similar in appearance to the Silvertip with strong branches, spaced open and evenly. Both are symbolic of the European “Tannenbaum” tradition.
Monterey Pine, native to Bay Area, with its long needles and bushy shape is the most fragrant of all the West Coast varieties. It is the most widely planted pine in the world.
Giant Sequoia is one of the three species of conifers known as “redwoods” due to the color of its heartwood. It holds it shape and color longer than most other varieties.
Fraser Fir (similar to Balsam fir) is native to the eastern US and is known for its uniformly pyramid shape. The strong branches tend to turn slightly upward. It is referenced here because it is often imported from the East and sold in the western USA market.