These trees don't drop their needles so easily when brought into your home.
By far the most popular Christmas tree variety in the UK, the Nordman fir is best known for its fantastic needle holding ability. It's impressive glossy, rich green foliage on tiered branches make this tree perfect for displaying large and decorative baubles. With its soft family-friendly needles, you can make decorating this tree a great family occasion.
Nordman Fir originates from the Caucus Mountain range, dividing Turkey and Georgia. Seed from Ambrolauri, Georgia is preferred because it is considered to produce trees which begin their spring growth later and are slower growing, resulting in more branches – ideal for Christmas trees. Another advantage is trees that flush into growth later in the season are less likely to suffer from frost damage, thus avoiding any unsightly foliage. With careful pruning and the most favourable soils we can create the perfect Nordman Christmas tree.
Splendid for smaller spaces due to its slimmer, conical shape, the Fraser fir also has a delicious balsam scent which fills the room for the entire festive period. This tree helps to reduce vacuuming time with its good needle retention, and its dense branches hold soft green/silver needles – perfect for a family Christmas.
Fraser fir is not widely grown as it only thrives in specific locations, especially from where it originates in the Appalachian Mountains of South Eastern USA. Luckily – our Fraser fir growers have spent years perfecting how to get the best growth and shape. Fraser fir is widely used as a Christmas tree, especially in America, and has been used more times than any other as the official White House Christmas tree.
Though the Fraser fir has a balsam fragrance, it is not to be confused with the closely related Balsam fir. The Balsam fir drops it's needles more easily, therefore we don't use it as a Christmas tree.
Considered to be one of the most handsome trees, with its lovely blue/green foliage and pleasant fragrance, Noble fir has good needle holding properties. It is often a popular choice because of the more open branching and great shape - ideal for showing off larger decorations. It can display all the characteristics of the perfect Christmas tree but is however, notoriously difficult to grow.
Originally from the North West coast of the United States, Noble fir still grows widely in the Rocky Mountains. It is a high altitude tree, typically occurring at 300-1500 metres (980 -4920 ft). Although a popular and handsome Christmas tree its wood is also used for paper manufacture and general structural purposes.
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