Written by Becca Green

A guide to choosing a real Christmas tree

Thinking about buying a real Christmas tree for 2020? Here’s all you need to know about choosing and caring for the right one.

real christmas tree in festive setting

Image: Dobbies Garden Centres

Considering opting for a real Christmas tree for the first time this year? We spoke to the experts at Dobbies Garden Centres who gave us some invaluable advice on buying a real Christmas tree for 2020.

What are the different types of Christmas tree?

Nordmann Fir

nordmann fir christmas tree

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The Nordmann Fir is the most popular variety in the UK. It is characterised by its classic Christmas tree shape, glossy green foliage and fresh pine scent. British grown for Dobbies, the Nordmann Fir has good needle retention and the softer foliage makes it the ideal option for families with young children or pets.

Fraser Fir

fraser fir cut tree

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Alternatively, the Fraser Fir is slightly narrower in shape, making it a good alternative for smaller and more compact areas, but still with plenty of taller options to make the most of vertical spaces. The colour of the Fraser Fir has a blue undertone to it, which is popular with cool-toned interior lovers.

Pot grown

potted christmas tree

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Opting for a pot grown tree is definitely an eco-friendly choice as it can be planted outside once Christmas is over. They are ideal for smaller spaces or for those that simply would prefer a shorter tree. Once inside and decorated, this tree gives off a fresh and festive scent of natural pine, filling your home with the scent of Christmas.

How to keep your tree looking its best

  • Un-net your tree and leave it to stand for 24 hours before decorating so the branches can settle.
  • Opt for a stand with a water reservoir to prevent your tree from drying out and cover it with a Christmas tree skirt.
  • Saw off a couple of centimetres from the stump to make sure it will drink up plenty of water. Your tree will need approximately 1-2 litres of water per day.
  • If you are bringing a pot-grown tree indoors, be mindful to keep the compost moist but not wet.

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