Silver Tip Christmas Trees – Where They Can Grow

Q: Will silver tip Christmas trees grow in my area?

A: Silver tip fir, Abies magnifica, will not grow here. It can’t tolerate summer heat, preferring the mountains of Oregon and Northern California. It makes an attractive Christmas tree because needles on its branch tips are silver-gray in contrast to the green inner needles. The stiff branches hold multiple ornaments nicely. If you like the look, these trees are available at local nurseries.