These trees don't drop their needles so easily when brought into your home.
A Non Needledrop Christmas tree in the traditional Classic shape
The ever-popular Nordman Fir is best known for its great needle holding, soft dark green needles, and its wonderful natural shape. It's easy to decorate and nice and soft for children to handle!
The Nordman Fir originates from the Caucus Mountain range in Eastern Europe. The mountains divide Turkey and Georgia and there they grow to fully mature trees up to 12 - 15 meters high. The seed is collected from specific areas where the trees are of particularly good form, it is then sown in specialist tree nurseries where they are germinated and grown into seedlings. Once the seedlings are strong enough, the plants are dug up and replanted in our Christmas tree fields. Great care is taken to select only the strongest seedlings so we grow the very best Christmas trees. It takes at least 6 years before we can start harvesting the trees. A good 2-meter tree can take 8 years to be ready.
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.
The ever-popular Nordman but with a slimmer shape
If you love to have a tree that reaches up the ceiling, but you need to fit it into a small area then the slymshape tree is for you. You can now have a tree that commands the whole room without using up all the space! Grown to the same exacting standards as our ever-popular Classicshape Nordman these trees have been specially pruned throughout their years of growing to be slimmer in shape. Your Slymshape tree will be just as full and uniform, but not as wide.
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