(WXIA) -- Many families choose to celebrate Christmas with artificial trees.
But for those who love having real trees in their homes -- how do you know what variety of tree to pick? The selection at stores like Home Depot can sometimes be overwhelming.
This information from the National Christmas Tree Association will help you determine the type of tree that's best for you.
This type of tree is dark green with long-lasting needles. Its scent lasts for a long time as well.
Colorado Blue Spruce
The needles on a Colorado blue spruce let off a bad scent when they are crushed, but the tree has good needle retention. True to its name, this tree has a bluish color.
Douglas firs have dark green or blue-green needles that smell sweet when crushed. It is among the most common Christmas tree varieties in the U.S.
These trees are known to keep their dark blue-green needles for a long time. They have a pleasant scent, and they ship well.
The Leyland cypress is one of the most popular Christmas trees in the Southeast. It is gray or dark green in color, and does not give off much scent. It also does not produce sap.
Stiff branches make this tree excellent for holding heavy ornaments. A noble fir's needles turn upward, exposing its lower branches.
Scotch pines have excellent needle retention; the needles don't even fall when they're dry. The tree also stays fresh for a long time. Scotch pines are bright green.
This is one of the most popular Christmas tree in the South. Virginia pines are stout and dense, and they respond well to decorations.
Also known as the concolor fir, this variety has good needle retention and a pleasant aroma. It has very small, narrow needles.
White pines don't handle heavy ornaments very well, but they retain their soft, flexible needles for a long time. They also don't have much of a scent. White pines are bluish-green in color.
This type of tree is ideal for decorating, as it holds ornaments very well. However, its needles let off a bad smell when crushed. A white spruce is green or bluish-green in color.