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Choosing Your Perfect Christmas Tree

Posted on December 11, 2017

When it comes to choosing a Christmas tree, do you go for a real tree or fake? Nordmann Fir or Norway Spruce? Here's a handy guide on how to choose the perfect Christmas tree, plus advice on how to care for your tree. Christmas Tree Varieties.
Choosing your Christmas Tree is always a highlight of the festive season, but other than the size and shape, what are the things to consider when buying your tree?

Norway Spruce
Known as the 'father of Christmas tree', this traditional spruce is known for: A wonderful shape and an abundance of branches – great for hanging lots of decorations! A lovely ‘Christmassy’ scent that's perfect at this time of year Being a little sharp and spikey to touch

Who does it suit? With a long lasting scent and a traditional shape, Norway spruce are perfect for those who appreciate the classic look and smell of Christmas.

Tips: It’s best to buy your Norway Spruce nearer to Christmas as it can lose its needles quite quickly once brought indoors. To help your spruce retain its needles for longer, keep it away from the radiator and ensure it’s watered every day.

Nordmann Fir

This fir is easily the most popular Christmas tree in Europe, known for: Having soft foliage and an even shape – making it a joy to decorate! Glossy, dark green needles that have a whitish/light blue underside Strong branches, which are great for hanging those big glass decorations

Who does it suit? The big, soft needles make this tree a firm favourite with families who have children

Tips: The Nordmann Fir can be a rather wide tree, so a reasonably large space is needed if you want to show it off. For a 6ft tall tree, allow approximately 5ft space.

The Great Christmas Tree Debate: Real vs Fake - which is better?

There’s nothing quite like the smell and feel of a real Christmas Tree, but often it’s more effort and seems rather wasteful when Christmas is over compared to the re-usable artificial ones. So why bother buying real? Real trees use ten times fewer materials and five times less energy compared to artificial trees – and they are totally biodegradable. The Forestry Commission ensures it only sells trees that are grown in the UK and they always plant more trees than are harvested.

Places where you can choose and chop your own tree

Why not have the great satisfaction of chopping your own Christmas tree at a tree farm? Here are a couple of places in Devon & Cornwall which allow you to choose and sometimes chop your own Christmas tree:

Ashburton Christmas Trees:

Dartmoor Christmas Trees:

Marldon Christmas Trees:

Devon Christmas Trees

Cedarcroft Nurseries:

Cardinham Woods (Forestry Commission)

Here at Teign Trees we always recycle our trees locally. Usually a local Zoo or nature reserve will take them off your hands. Find your local authority below for details on recycling real Christmas trees in your area:

East Devon: After Christmas, there will be tree drop off points in East Devon. Otherwise, you can take Christmas trees to the Recycling Centres at Knowle (Exmouth) Sutton Barton (Wilmington) and Sidmouth.

Exeter: Registered garden waste customers can put their real trees with their brown wheelie bin on the FIRSTcollection of the season. You can also take Christmas trees to the Recycling Centres at Pinbrook Road (Pinhoe) and Exton Road (Marsh Barton).

Teignbridge: Click here to find out locations where you can take your real Christmas trees. You can also take christmas trees to the Recycling Centre at Brunel Road (Newton Abbot).

Mid Devon: Registered garden waste customers can put out with the brown wheelie bin. Maximum trunk size 6” (10cm)in diameter. You can also take Christmas trees to the Recycling Centres at Punchbowl (Crediton) and Ashely (Tiverton)

South Hams: Christmas trees can be left next at the kerbside to be collected the brown bin. You can also take Christmas trees to the Recycling Centres at Ivybridge, Torr Quarry (Kingsbridge) and Totnes.

Torridge: Residents with green wheelie bins can cut up their Christmas Trees and recycle them through the fortnightly collection process. Please ensure that there are no branches over 1 metre in length or 4cm in diameter. You can also take your Christmas trees to the Recycling Centres at Bideford, Deep Moor (Torrington) or Anvil Corner (Holsworthy)

West Devon: Christmas Trees can be recycled with your garden waste collections. You can also take your Christmas trees to the Recycling Centre Crowndale (Tavistock).

Plymouth: You can take your Christmas trees to the Recycling Centresat Chelson Meadow (Plymstock) and Weston Mill (Plymouth). Please note that Chelson Meadow and Weston mill are open to Plymouth residents only.

Torbay: You can recycle your real Christmas tree at the following locations:

Lymington Road coach station car park, Torquay & Brixham College, Higher Ranscombe Road, Brixham on Saturday 14 & 21 January ONLY from 9am - 1pm. You can also take Christmas trees to the Recycling Centre at Paignton.

North Devon: Christmas trees can be cut up and recycled in your green wheelie bin. You can also take Christmas trees to the Recycling Centre at Barnstaple, Ilfracombe and South Molton.