Picking the ideal Christmas tree

Picking the ideal Christmas tree


Posted 2nd Dec 2016


Are you in need of a new Christmas tree? If so, what do you actually need to consider, apart from the size to go for? Forestry Commission England has come up with a simple guide covering three of the most popular types of Christmas tree

Norway spruce

The Norway spruce is a traditional Christmas tree, known for:

- A wonderful shape and an abundance of branches, making it great for hanging lots of decorations.
- A lovely 'Christmassy' scent that's perfect at this time of year.
- Being a little sharp and spiky to touch.

Who does it suit?

With a long lasting scent and traditional shape, Norway spruce is ideal for those who appreciate the classic look and smell of Christmas.

Tips 

Buy your Norway Spruce closer to Christmas - it loses its needles quickly once it's brought indoors. It's worth ensuring you water it every day and keep it away from any radiators, to help it retain the needles for as long as possible.

Nordmann fir

The Nordmann fir is the most popular Christmas tree in Europe. It's known for:

- Having soft foliage and an even shape.
- Glossy, dark green needles, which have a light blue / whitish undersides.
- Strong branches, which are great for hanging big glass decorations.

Who does it suit?

With lovely and soft big needles, Nordmann fir are perfect for those with young children.

Tips

Top quality Nordmann fir can be quite a wide tree, so you will need reasonable space to show it off to its best. If you have a 6ft tall tree, allow for a 5ft space.

Lodgepole Pine

The Lodgepole pine is best used in a big space with high ceilings. It's known for:

- Having a bushy appearance and luscious long green needles.
- Branches that point upwards.
- A wonderful pine scent.
- It has a greater needle retention, making it a long lasting tree.

Who does it suit?

Due to its needle retention, Lodgepole pines are ideal for those who like decorating their tree early and don't want Christmas to end.

Tips

The long needles on Lodgepole pines will draw attention to any decorations. More is definitely more when this tree is used.

So why buy a real tree over a fake tree?

- Real trees are a renewable resource, meaning a new tree is planted for every one harvested.
- Real trees use 10-times less basic materials and five-times less energy than artificial trees.
- Real trees are completely biodegradable and can be recycled and made into compost.
- Real trees are a traditional option which also provide a Christmassy scent.
- Growing real Christmas trees help to sustain the UK rural economy and providing jobs.





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