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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-14-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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THE VALLEY BREEZE | HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2019 25 SCOTCH PINE, PINUS SYLVESTRIS Grown in the northwest, Midwest, Great Lakes and northeast. These trees have sturdy branches that are dense and tightly spaced, so if you have a ton of decorations, this is the tree for you. DOUGLAS FIR, PSEUDOTSUGA MENZIESII These blue-green trees grown in the northwest, Great Lakes and northeast are the classic Christmas tree. It's fuller and thicker than a Fraser fir, but it will drop needles, so keep the vacuum handy. BALSAM FIR, ABIES BALSAMEA This dark green beauty has a strong, classic Christmas smell and tough branches to hold all your heavier ornaments. It's branches also make it a great choice for garlands and wreaths. NOBLE FIR, ABIES PROCERA These trees can grow up to 230 feet tall, but also go great in your living room. They have a strong fragrance and equally strong branches. WHITE PINE, PINUS STROBUS This bluish tree is grown along the Canadi- an border. It doesn't smell as strongly as other varieties, so it's great if you've got sensitive noses in your house. It also has flexible branch- es that do better with lighter decorations. VIRGINIA PINE, PINUS VIRGINIANA These medium-sized trees are lightly fragranced and easily identified by their short, twisted needles that grow in pairs. LEYLAND CYPRESS, CUPRESSUS LEYLANDII The South's Christmas tree has delicate, feathery branches. It's a good keeper and perfect for those who decorate for the entire season, but doesn't smell. BLUE SPRUCE, PICEA PUNGENS Also known as a Colorado blue spruce, this tree has a knockout smell and waxy, gray-blue needles. It has strong branches for decorating. Picking the Perfect Tree For many people, it just isn't Christmas without a tall, glorious real tree. Here are some popular varieties of trees and their pros and cons. – ©2019 GREEN SHOOT MEDIA. NOV-13-2019-GIFT-NPS-Mel.indd 25 11/4/19 10:16 AM

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