If you think there's only one kind of evergreen, you're wrong.
No one can deny that the Christmas tree is a big part of holiday traditions. Every year, families pile into their cars for the annual trip to the Christmas tree farm (or we simply ask Dad to make a trip up to the attic to retrieve our trusty artificial tree) on the day after Thanksgiving. Siblings take a short break from fighting in order to decorate it with Christmas ornaments lovingly crafted and collected through the years. We try to figure out new ways to keep Christmas trees alive longer. We're constantly cleaning up stray needles. We do everything in our power to keep the cat away from it. There are Christmas songs about it. There are Hallmark movies where they figure prominently. (See Fir Crazy.) The point is, we are obsessed with Christmas trees.
But for something that plays such a big part in our lives for a month or so of every year, how much do you really know about our Christmas trees? How many species can we honestly name? Do you know why firs are maybe a better for your heavy ornaments than, say, a white pine? And do you know why? Lucky for you, we've tracked down a slew of species so you can walk into the tree farm a touch more confidently this year.