Why doesn't my christmas tree smell?

Asked December 24, 2015, 4:42 PM EST

This year we cut a balsam fir tree at a tree farm, brought it home and set it up in water inside after cutting 1/2" off the base. The needles released a lovely scent when rubbed. But it creates no smell throughout the house. This differs dramatically from what we remember from childhood, of the whole house smelling like the tree. We had the same issue last year with a Doug Fir. Is this related to variety, length of time from cutting, air temperature inside the home, the fallibility of human memory, or something else?

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

You did all the right things. The smell is primarily a function of the species- Doug fir , Nordmann and Turkish fir-little aroma. Noble fir, Balsam- aroma if you break the needles or are close. Subalpine, Corkbark, White fir- a very citrus-like stronger aroma. The aroma my also relate to air movement and how dry the air is inside (that is more a guess, than research)