Save Money with a Native Christmas Tree

You can increase the chances of a live Christmas tree thriving in your landscape long past the holidays by selecting one that's native to your area. And because the local trees haven't been shipped from faraway places, they are typically cheaper, too. "Trees struggle to survive when planted where they wouldn't naturally grow," says Tchukki Andersen, an arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association. She suggests picking a species that's from your particular hardiness zone: The U.S. is divided into nine of them, based on average annual low temperature. You can figure out your zone by typing your zip code into the Arbor Day website.

Next, print out our primer on conifers that are known to grow in your region and bring it to your local tree farm or nursery. Simply pick a tree off the list. Or better yet, show it to a knowledgeable salesperson, so he or she can help you winnow the choices down to one tree that's just right for your landscape-and your holiday celebrations.

Northeast: Pine

White Pine
Pinus strobes

One of the most popular Christmas trees, and with soft needles could be safer around small children.

Other Northeast pines:
Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Austrian pine (Pinus nigra)
Other regions for white pine: Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Rocky Mountain, Nebraska/Oklahoma

See more trees good for the Northeast here.

Mid-Atlantic: Fir

Fraser Fir
Abies fraseri

A Fraser's needles are typically 3/4 of an inch long with a shiny dark green top and silvery bottom.

Other region for fraser fir: Northeast

See more trees good for the Mid-Atlantic region here.

South: Pine


Loblolly Pine
Pinus taeda

This fast growing pine usually delivers a straight trunk with needles that turn light green to brown during winter.

See more Southern Christmas trees here.

Midwest: Pine

Scots Pine
Pinus sylvestris

Also called Scotch, this pine had a dark green color and stiff branches that won't buckle under heavy lighting and ornamentation

Other regions for scots pine: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Nebraska/Oklahoma, Rocky Mountain

See more regions and their types of native Christmas trees at ThisOldHouse.com.