Which Variety of Natural Christmas Tree is Right For You?

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There really is nothing quite like a real tree to release that magical aroma of the season and breathe life into your Christmas decorations.

But choosing which one to buy is harder than it may sound, as there are so many varieties available that have their own unique qualities.

And before you even consider the particular variety, think about whether you want a cut tree or one that is potted or pot-grown. Pot-grown trees have a greater success rate if you want to grow them year after year but can’t be kept in the house for long or exposed to much heat.

With all Christmas tree types, you should try to keep them outside for as long as possible to enable them to retain their needles and freshness more effectively.

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When you do bring your tree indoors, make a fresh cut of about half an inch at the base of the trunk so the tree can easily absorb water, which helps with needle retention. And stand the tree in a water-filled stand that you keep topped up, and placed somewhere cool and away from heat sources.

When you’re ready to go Christmas tree shopping, here’s a quick overview of the different types available.


Nordman Fir

This Christmas tree has good needle retention and is a popular choice thanks to its deep green colour and dense, strong branches that are ideal for decorating. You’ll be able to hang your tree lights and decorations with ease on this tree.



Douglas Fir

Lighter in colour than many trees but with good needle retention, this tree has long needles and emits a fantastically festive aroma.

Douglas Fir
Photo by Tom Appel via CC BY-SA 3.0


Noble Fir

This tree makes a great choice because of its Christmas aroma, rich dark green needles, dense branches and good needle retention qualities.

noble fir
Photo by Kyloe Woods via CC BY-SA 3.0


Fraser Fir

Similar in nature to the Nordman Fir tree, boasting excellent needle retention qualities and wide, dense green needles, this Christmas tree is especially suited to compact spaces.

With more branches at its top and fewer at its bottom, the Fraser Fir is great if you’re slightly limited on space as it is less wide than other trees but still has a lovely aroma and look.

fraser fir
Photo by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service via CC BY 2.0
fraser fir foliage
Photo by Teresa Sikora via CC BY-SA 3.0


Norway Spruce

This traditional Christmas tree is a firm favourite because of its wonderful smell and beautiful branches. It’s important to keep this tree outdoors for as long as possible and then keep in a cool room as heat encourages its needles to drop.

Norway Spruce
Photo by Laura Bittner via CC BY 2.0


Scots Pine

This tree features just about the best needle retaining qualities together with strong branches and a glorious pine aroma.

Scots Pine
Photo by Alexey Klyukin via CC BY-SA 2.0


Blue Spruce

With a distinctive colour, a silvery hue, this tree smells of the season and has strong branches that are good to decorate. It also features a wide base, making it perfect for a bigger space.

blue spruce
Photo by Gmihail via CC BY-SA 3.0 rs

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