A short guide to the different types of Christmas Trees to help you decide which sort of tree you should buy this year.

Let’s get the most important question out of the way first. Do you want a real, fresh Christmas tree or are you considering a lurid, artificial tree? We may be biased, but nothing beats a fresh Christmas tree at the heart of the Christmas home.

The beauty of a natural tree with its evocative, evergreen fragrance helps make the festive atmosphere.

A fresh Christmas tree is better for nature too as it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen. Real Christmas trees have a significantly lower carbon footprint than artificial trees according to The Carbon Trust.

Our Christmas Trees

Ice on Christmas tree branch

We grow two sorts of Christmas trees at Slamseys Farm. Our Norway Spruce trees are the old-fashioned, slightly prickly tree and the Nordmann Firs are dense trees with softer, glossier needles.

Norway Spruce

Norway spruce tree growing in plantation

Norway Spruce are the traditional Christmas tree, with a glorious smell and triangular shape. The downside is that the needles will drop if the tree is taken into the house too early.

Ideal for outside or for traditionalists who wait until the week before Christmas to take their tree inside.

Nordmann Fir

Nordmann Fir tree growing in plantation

Nordmann Firs are dense trees with soft, glossy foliage. There are plenty of branches to hang decorations and (provided you remember to keep the tree watered) you won’t have a heap of needles to sweep up.

Ideal for busy families with young children and maximalist decorators.