Christmas is nearly upon us and nothing says traditional and festive spirit quite like a real Christmas tree. There are in fact many different kinds of trees that are used for this purpose and I had no idea that there were so many varieties. For Market Harborough Real Christmas Tree’s, visit http://www.welfordchristmastreefarm.co.uk/. Here are some of the most popular type of tree for festooning with baubles and Christmas lights:
The Firs – there are several different types of Fir tree. The Nordmann Fir is very popular as it has excellent needle retention. They originate from the mountains of southern Russia and are a lovely dark green colour with more rounded needles. It is one of the favourite trees as it is nicely symmetrical and has strong branches for all those baubles.
The Balsam Fir is the traditional tree in the U.S and has a lovely fragrance. It is also very dark green with a silvery cast and the needles stay in place for a very long time.
The Douglas Fir is a bluey green colour and is also very fragrant. It has a good conical shape and another favourite in the U.S. The needles radiate in all directions from the branch and the needles when crushed, give off a lovely sweet fragrance.
The Fraser Fir has dark green flattened needles which are silvery underneath. It offers good needle retention, a pleasant smell and has pyramid shaped strong branches which turn upwards. These are becoming very popular in this country and make wonderful Christmas trees.
The Spruces – the Norway Spruce has long and shiny needles and without proper attention, the needles will fall off quite easily. It has a nice conical shape and a sweet smell. The tree is found naturally in Central and Northern Europe and is a popular choice in the UK. The Blue Spruce is the best among this species for needle retention and has very stiff needles which are great for hanging heavy decorations from. In nature, the tree can live for up to 600-800 years!
The Pines – the Austrian Pine has dark green needles and good retention. It also has a moderate fragrance but not the strongest. The Scots Pine is the most common type of this species to be used for Christmas trees. It has stiff branches and dark green needles that will remain on the tree even when dry. It is a nice open tree will lots of room for decorating and is a gorgeous bright green colour. This tree was introduced to the U.S by European settlers and is now the most common Christmas tree in the U.S. It has a brilliant survival rate and will remain fresh throughout the season.
Other trees that you wouldn’t necessarily associate with Christmas but are used for that purpose include Cedars and Cypress trees. The Leland Cypress is good for people with allergies as is light and feathery with not much smell. It does not produce sap like a Pine or Fir so is ideal for those allergic to sap.