It’s safe to say that Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas tree… right?! They’re probably one of the most recognisable and traditional symbols of Christmas and have become an important Christmas Staple in most households.
Some people may opt for the quicker and cheaper option of a fake tree, which is fair enough. However, nothing quite beats a real one.
Christmas Tree’s are important to get right as they are typically are a central hub for all your Christmas festivities. It’s important that you look into the trees that you have to choose from and find out which one is right for you – so here are our top three Christmas Tree choices (with a bonus one thrown in because we couldn’t resist!).
1. NORWAY SPRUCE
Name: Norway Spruce
Scientific Name: Picea abies
Details: The Norway Spruce is THE traditional Christmas tree that was introduced to us in the Victorian era. It is characteristically known for its bright green, spikey needles and its pyramidal bushy shape.
Pros: They are traditional, have a strong pine scent (maybe a con for some) and are a great value.
Cons: They drops needles (less pet and child-friendly) and typically don’t last as long as other types./
Summary: Norway Spruces are on the cheaper-side of real Christmas tree prices and hold a great shape and scent, all while coming in a great variety of sizes. These trees are ideal as outdoor trees but are also good indoor trees if purchased later in December. However, they do tend to have a shorter Christmas ‘life-span’ and need to be regularly watered and kept away from heat. Not ideal for younger families.
2. NORDMANN FIR
Common Name: Nordmann Fir
Scientific Name: Abies nordmanniana
Details: The Nordmann Fir is the UK’s most popular Christmas Tree due to its low maintenance nature. They have long dark needles and typically take between 8-10 years to grow.
Pros: They have the ‘traditional’ look yet don’t drop their needles. Their needles are softer (more child and pet-friendly). The trees also typically last longer than other trees.
Cons: They are more expensive and have a weaker ‘pine’ scent.
Summary: Nordmann Firs are on the more expensive side yet deserve the price tag for saving us the hassle of picking up needles! It’s bushy, and conical shape makes them a beautiful addition to any room. They are relatively low maintenance and are more family-friendly than other Christmas tree species. They do have a weaker scent which some may favourite more than others.
3. FRASER FIR
Common Name: Fraser Fir
Scientific Name: Abies fraseri
Details: Fraser Fir are similar to Norway Spruces in appearance and are the US’ most loved Christmas tree. They have wide soft needles that are dark green and have a silver-toned underside. Branches of a Fraser Fir curve slightly upwards
Pros: They have a compact yet bushy form and don’t drop needles. Due to their compact nature, they are suitable for smaller/more compact spaces.
Cons: They are more expensive. Their branches are also firm and can hold baubles but struggle to hold heavier ornaments.
Summary: Fraser Fir Christmas trees are a great addition to your home, especially if you have smaller spaces available. They are also are good at retaining their needles. However, they are more expensive and struggle to carry the weight of some ornaments.
Name: Blue Spruce
Scientific Name: Picea pungens
Details: Blue spruces are becoming an increasingly popular Christmas tree mainly because of the stylish (and elegant) feel that they bring into our homes. They have a symmetrical form with bluish-toned foliage. They also have a pleasant festive smell until crushed and retain their needles well.
Pros: They have a symmetrical shape, festive smell, and retains needles well.
Cons: They can be more on the expensive side and the ends of their needles are sharp, therefore making them less family-friendly.
Summary: Blue Spruces are a stylish addition to any home at Christmas time and are the perfect way to change up your Christmas tree game while still enjoying the joys of a real Christmas tree. They have a pleasant, festive smell and are good at retaining their needles. However, their needles are particularly spikey and arent as favourable for younger families.
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