What Christmas Tree is right for me and where should I buy it from?
Posted on December 09, 2019
When selecting your Christmas Tree look for one that has bright shiny needles and looks healthy, give it a good shake to make sure no needles drop off. Also make sure you're buying the right size tree for the space, there's nothing worse than picking your perfect tree only to have to chop 2 feet off to fit it in.
- Norway Spruce
The Norway Spruce is excellent value for money and the traditional Christmas tree with a lovely smell. It has a great shape and very sturdy for hanging lots of decorations. It's best to purchase a Norway Spruce closer to Christmas as they do tend to drop their needles once brought indoors, make sure you keep away from radiators and water everyday. The needles can be a bit more spikey than the Nordmann.
- Nordmann Fir
The Nordmann is becoming one of the most popular Christmas trees, it has soft foliage and is of an even shape. Glossy dark green needles, good strong branches and doesn't drop needles as readily as the Norway Spruce.
- Blue Spruce
The Blue Spruce is a little more expensive than the other trees, it has blue/grey tinged needles, with a lovely sent. They have a very distinctive look, a great shape and retain their needles well. The Blue Spruce can be rather wide so a larger space is often needed, unless you're happy to share your Christmas lunch!
- Potted Christmas Trees
Potted Christmas Trees are becoming more popular as people are more aware of looking after our environment, with a little care the tree will last you year after year, it's probably best to start with a fairly small tree, you don't want it to outgrow your space too soon! There are many small spruce varieties to choose from, all of which look beautiful when brought in and decorated. As with the cut trees make sure you keep them well watered and away from radiators.
- Where to buy a tree?
The best place is from a 'sustainable grower', take a look at the Forestry Commissions website for lists of Christmas Tree growers in your area and the best thing about purchasing from one of these growers is not only the experience of choosing your perfect tree in the forest but money raised goes towards supporting forests for the future.
- Recycling your Tree
There are several ways you can recycle your tree. Council Recycling Centres will take them, chip & make use of the mulch/woodchip at council sites/parks in need of it, find your nearest tip site here. Some Wildlife Parks & Zoos take in redundant Christmas Trees to use as forage for their animals, check online or contact your nearest Zoo/Wildlife Park.
Here at Teign Trees & Landscapes SW Ltd we recycle our Christmas Trees by taking them to our local Zoo.
Did you know?
Queen Victoria had grown up with the tradition of decorating a Christmas Tree, however it was the Queen's husband Prince Albert who bought them to the mainstream in 1848. By 1860 hundreds of Christmas Trees were being sold in Covent Garden, trees would've then been decorated with pine cones, cinnamon sticks, and oranges pierced with cloves to release the wonderful scent.
The Mistletoe is a parasitic flowering plant that grows on a range of trees including Apple, Willow and Oak.
The tradition of 'Kissing under Mistletoe' apparently came from Greece; during the festival of Saturnalia and later in marriage ceremonies, because the plant is associated with fertility. Though other stories tell of Druid times and that it possessed magical powers and would bring good luck to the household and warn off evil spirits.
All the team, here at Teign Trees & Landscapes SW Ltd, would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a Happy & Healthy New Year. Good luck in finding your perfect tree for the festive season.