Identify Your Holiday Tree

How to Use the Key to Identify Holiday Trees

Image of Pine cones

The following is what is known by botanists as a dichotomous key. This means that you will be given a series of two choices; using the nontechnical descriptions and accompanying illustrations, choose the one that best describes the tree you are trying to identify by clicking on it.

Once you make your choice, you'll be given another set of two options. Continue choosing the option that best describes your tree. As soon as you've identified enough characteristics, you will learn what kind of tree you have.

Choose one...

Leaves are scale-like, no more than twice as long as wide

Leaves are scalelike, no more than twice as long as wide.


Leaves are needle-like, at least four times longer than wide

Leaves are needlelike, at least four times longer than wide.

The 15 Species

All 15 species grown commercially as holiday trees in the United States and Canada are included in the key. Select a species below to see photos and learn more.

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