The series “Unboxing the Holidays” is all about bringing you top-notch advice and creative ideas to make the most of this festive season. Here, we review the different types of Christmas greens to spruce up your holiday decor.

The holidays have arrived, so now is the perfect time to brush up on your knowledge of holiday-related topics, notably Christmas greenery. How many different types can you name off? Become acquainted with the different types of Christmas greens below, which is a beautiful way to add something natural to your holiday home.


There are seven different types of Christmas tree firs, which include noble fir, balsam fir, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, grand fir, Canaan fir, and, Concolor Fir. Each fir tree is unique, for example, Douglas firs can range in height from 70 to 250 feet tall, while balsam firs are smaller in size and will grow to be about 40-60 feet.

Types of Christmas Greens- Fir


Spruce is another common variety you’ll see on the Christmas tree lot. Types of spruces include the Colorado blue spruce, Norway spruce, and white spruce. Similar to pines and firs, spruce trees have needles instead of leaves. The needles on spruce trees are attached individually to the branches, rather than in clusters, which is the main difference between spruce and pine trees. Fir trees also have needles grown in this way, but spruce needles are sharp, whereas fir needles are not as pointy.

Types of Christmas Greens- Spruce


Another common holiday green is pine, which you’ll see on everything from Christmas trees to wreathsgarlands, and fillers in Christmas flower arrangements. The varieties include white pine, Scotch pine, and Virginia pine. You can identify pine by their spindly needles and branches that appear to be bent upwards. They also tend to have fewer branches than other tree types.

Types of Christmas Greens- Pine


Holly is another classic green plant with distinguishing red berries and prickly leaves. Prior to holly being used as a symbol of the Christmas season, the Druids viewed it as a sacred plant that symbolizes fertility and eternal life. While other plants die off during the winter, holly continues to thrive.

Types of Christmas Greens- Holly


Junipers are known for their short green foliage, blue berries, and, sap. These hearty plants have a rugged, natural appeal, which makes them unique greenery to add to your Christmas decor.

Types of Christmas Greens- Juniper


Ivy may be known for trademarking the top schools in the country, but they’re also found in a number of Christmas arrangements. They add texture and holiday green to arrangements, garland, or as a living wreath. Keep the cut ends in water to maintain their health.

Types of Christmas Greens- Ivy


Boxwood is great greenery for garland and wreaths because they have a fuller texture to create clean, modern arrangements. Their small leaves that closely resemble an olive tree are so attractive, you can use the clippings on their own for the holiday table or stuffed in a stocking.

Types of Christmas Greens- Boxwood

Mountain Laurel

For all of our readers in the south, you’re probably at least a little familiar with mountain laurel – we say this because mountain laurel is traditionally seen in southern regions and used in garlands and wreaths. They Mountain laurel is traditionally seen in southern regions and used in garlands and wreaths. They offer a simple spot of white, marked with pink etchings, and provide a refreshing alternative to more mainstay Christmas greenery. It’s best to use laurel outdoors to preserve their freshness.

Types of Christmas Greens- Mountain Laurel

A holiday home decorated with Christmas greens shows attention to personalization and classic style. Even branches clipped from your garden and strewn on the mantle or perimeter of the front door add instant merriness to the home. It’s especially festive to bring in something natural during the winter season.

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Jacqueline deMontravel is’s senior editor of floral and gifting. She is also an editor, writer, designer, artist and stylist. Previously, Jacqueline was the editorial director of Engaged Media’s Lifestyle group, overseeing such publications as Cottages & Bungalows, Romantic Homes, Yum, Seaside Style, Cottage White, French Style, Happy Modern and Rooms. Formerly the editor of Country magazine, she held editor positions at Self and GQ. She has been a contributor with Hearst's Harper's Bazaar and Black Book magazines.

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