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How to Pick the Perfect Tree

Other than size, what do you need to consider when buying your Christmas centrepiece? Each tree species can differ slightly in size, scent and needle retention, so The Forestry Commission have supplied tips on how to pick the perfect tree for your home this year.

Norway Spruce

Considered the traditional Christmas tree, the Norway Spruce is best known for its wonderful shape and abundance of branches, which are perfect for hanging all of your decorations. It also has a lovely ‘Christmassy’ scent.

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

Tips – To help your spruce retain its needles, you need to place it away from any radiators/fires and water it every day.


Nordmann Fir

The star qualities of the Nordmann Fir are its soft foliage, even shape and glossy, dark green needles with a whitish/light blue underside.

Who does it suit? – With its big, soft needles, a Nordmann Fir is perfect for families with young children.

Tips – You will need a big space to show off a Nordmann fir in its glory. For a 6ft tall tree, allow approximately 5 square feet of space.


Lodgepole Pine

The lodgepole pine features a bushy appearance, luscious, long green needles on branches that point upwards and a wonderful pine scent.

Who does it suit? – Lodgepole Pines have the best needle retention of all the Christmas trees, so they are perfect for those who enjoy a long festive season and decorate their tree as early as possible.

Tips – High ceilings are a must for this tree, so make sure you measure your space before you pick your tree.

Forestry Commission England’s real Christmas trees use ten times fewer materials and five times less energy than artificial trees, are completely biodegradable, are planted and replanted sustainably and are grown in the UK. With your tree, you’ll receive a free baby sapling to plant yourself and a certificate of authenticity to guarantee the tree’s quality, signed by Santa himself.

To find your nearest forest sales centre, or to see tips on keeping your tree fresh and healthy over the festive holidays, visit

Visitors picking their tree from Cannock Chase Forest - Photo credit Forestry Commision Crown Copyright