Do you love the scent of pine and want it to fill your yard all year? It is possible! Even though many associate the smell of pine with the holiday season, it doesn’t have to be confined to that time of year. There are pine-scented trees out there that you can plant in your yard and enjoy the scent of year-round.
If you love this smell, pine, spruce, and fir trees are the perfect types of trees to plant in your yard. These types of trees all produce terpenes, which are what give them the distinctive smell that many have come to enjoy. Additionally, spruce, fir, and pine trees are all part of the conifer tree family, a class of tree known as Pinopsida. The leaves of these trees are typically long, narrow needles. They also reproduce by bearing cones. And finally, as you may already assume, they all have that refreshing smell.
In fact, Oregon, Washington, and Northern California are known for their conifer forests. Oregon itself has over 30 different species of conifer found within the state. You can bring this popularity to your own yard with these five pine-scented trees.
This is one of the most common kinds of pine-scented trees. It’s an extremely popular choice for those who opt to have a real Christmas tree in their homes. However, if you’re looking to simply add that beautiful pine scent to your yard, this tree is likely your best bet, as it is the most fragrant.
The balsam fir has dark green needles that are short and flat. They’re quite durable but do dry out quickly, so making sure they are planted in an area with good water flow is important.
The Fraser fir tree will not only give you the pine scent, but it will give you a bit of glimmer in your yard as well. These trees have dark green needles but with a silver undertone. Additionally, the branches curve upward slightly. They’re on the stiffer side. However, after the balsam fir, the Fraser fir is the next most fragrant tree that you can plant.
These trees do take a while to grow. It takes them approximately 7 to 10 years to grow 6 to 7 feet. If you’re looking for something that grows with you, this may be your best bet. Plus, they retain their needles well, making for less of a mess in your yard. These trees do grow best in Northern California and Oregon. However, the ones grown in Northern California tend to be a bit denser than those in Oregon.
If you’re looking for a pine-scented tree that is both fragrant and has that stereotypical conical shape, look no further than the Douglas fir. This tree is also a very common variety and is on the larger side. The needles of these trees are soft and flat, but they have blunt tips.
The Douglas fir is arguably the most popular tree in Oregon, as it has been the official state tree since 1936. It’s named after David Douglas, who was a Scottish botanist that identified plants in Oregon back in the nineteenth century. If you plant a Douglas fir in your yard, not only will you have the scented tree you have been dreaming of, but you will also be paying homage to Oregon’s history.
The Scotch pine, which is also known as the “Scots pine” is the most widely planted pine tree in the United States. One of the reasons it’s so popular is because it rarely sheds its needles, making it a good choice for those who don’t want to worry about a mess in their yard. The branches on these trees curve upward. However, be wary, as the needles on these branches tend to be sharp.
These trees thrive in diverse climates but are typically grown in Oregon and Wisconsin.
Colorado Blue Spruce
Did you know that there are blue-colored pine trees? There are, and they give off that pine scent too. If you’re looking for a tree to plant in your yard that’s not stereotypically green, the Colorado blue spruce is the tree for you. It has a beautiful blue hue that will draw attention to your yard. Another plus of this tree? It rarely sheds its needles. However, similar to the Scotch pine, the needles found on these trees are sharp.
The branches are stiff and grow in a pyramid shape, making it one of the best-shaped trees. If you choose to plant this tree in your yard, you can also have some bragging rights. The Colorado blue spruce is the same type of tree that’s planted on the south lawn of the White House.
Choosing the Right Tree
If you’re looking to have pine-scented trees growing in your yard year-round, the above five trees are a great place to start. Before you commit to one of these trees, it’s important to think about how much space you have in your yard, how large you want the tree to get, if you have the correct type of soil for them to thrive in, and whether you want to be cleaning up pine needles. Once you have taken all of this into consideration, making the choice of which tree to plant should be much easier.
If you still aren’t sure, contact a professional arborist like Mr. Tree. We can evaluate your yard, learn more about your needs, and provide you with our expert guidance. We want you to enjoy both the look and the smell of your new tree, while always keep it at its healthiest. A healthy tree is one that lives longer, smells more fragrant, and looks more beautiful. Give us a call today and we can talk more with you.