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Your guide to finding the perfect Christmas tree - by Adrian, Nursery Manager

It's coming on Christmas and time to choose a tree. But which ones is best for you? Here, Adrian guides you through the options.

Norway Spruce

Seen by many as the only acceptable and traditional tree, for decades it was all that was available.

Whist times change traditions stand still and with a Norway Spruce as your centrepiece you won’t go far wrong.

Harder to care for indoors but worth it or put outside any time and stare in amazement.

We recommend not to bring a Norway Spruce into the home until mid-December, the needle retention is not as good as other varieties, however with strict watering and a cooler environment they will last.

For an outdoor display tree, the Norway Spruce cannot be beat, nothing oozes grandeur and tradition like a Norway Spruce, that’s why every year the Norwegian capital city, Oslo, provides the cities of London, Edinburgh and Washington D.C. with a Norway spruce, which is placed at the most central square of each city. This is a sign of gratitude for the aid these countries gave during the Second World War.

The Norway Spruce is the fastest growing spruce native to northern, central and eastern areas of Europe. They have the largest pine cones of any spruce and can grow to over 200ft tall.

Nordmann Fir

t’s the UK’s most popular tree, our bestselling tree, and with these qualities it’s not hard to see why we sell 3 times more Nordmann Firs than anything else.

The tree holds its needles well, even after it has been cut, which makes it an ideal choice to have inside the home. This is also one of the reasons why the Nordmann Fir has become our most popular tree.

Walk into most homes with a real Christmas tree on display and chances are it’s a Nordmann, sometimes we like to break from tradition and be different from the norm, here it’s a case of don’t try and mend what doesn’t need mending!

It’s an easy to look after tree with great needle retention, soft needles that won’t hurt the kids or pets and looks amazing.

The Nordmann Fir originates from the Caucasus Mountains, where it occurs on both sides of the mountain range. The seeds for Christmas tree production can be collected in either Turkey or Georgia.

Fraser Fir

Its attractive ” needles are silvery-green and soft to the touch. Because there is space between the branches, the Fraser is easier to decorate than some trees. The firm branches hold heavier ornaments. The trees grow to almost perfect shapes, and as long as the cut tree is kept properly watered, the Frasier Fir has excellent needle retention, it’s a real all-rounder.

A popular choice for all the family, pets included.

The Fraser Fir shares its aesthetics with the traditional Spruce tree. Coupled with its excellent needle holding ability, and strong scent make it a popular choice for indoor use.

Originating from the Appalachian Mountains located in the south-eastern United States its popularity in the UK has grown rapidly year on year and with its great needle retention, strong supporting branches and soft needles there is not a lot not to love.

Like any real tree cut or rooted there are 3 key points to ensure the longevity of your chosen tree.

  • Make sure it’s fresh, you won’t have any problems however buying from us.

  • Keep away from heat, be it a fire or radiator heat will have the tree bare in days, if it must go near a radiator please make sure it’s turned off.

  • Water, like a cut flower the tree will carry on lapping it up, up to a pint a day in some circumstances, make sure you choose a stand that can hold water.

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