Which Christmas tree?

on Tuesday, 05 December 2017. Posted in News

Real trees
One of our popular DIY stores offers its advice on Christmas trees.

Christmas trees

When you’re buying a real tree you’ll need to think about its size, shape and scent. You may want to consider whether it holds its needles well, is strong enough for heavy ornaments and suitable for homes with young children. Here’s the lowdown on some of the most popular varieties.

Norway Spruce (Picea abies)

Norway Spruce

Despite its name, Norway Spruce grows throughout Britain, and is often considered the 'traditional' style of Christmas tree along with the most popular. With regular and expert pruning and shearing, it grows into a bushy, classically-shaped tree, with short green needles and a lovely pine scent. It doesn’t hold its needles well, but it will stay fresh throughout Christmas if you put it in water.

  • Traditional Christmas tree
  • Pine scent
  • Requires regular and thorough watering as it doesn’t hold needles as well as other types
  • Great value option

Nordman Fir (Abies nordmanniana)

Nordman Fir

The Nordman Fir has a well-balanced ‘A’ shape and strong branches with needles on all sides. By far the most popular Christmas tree variety in the UK, it has soft green ‘needlelast’ needles which don’t drop easily and it’s ideal for children to decorate. It also features elegant glossy foliage on tiered branches, making it ideal for showcasing beautiful baubles.

  • Most popular Christmas tree variety in the UK
  • Great needle retention
  • Good for displaying large baubles
  • Soft family friendly needles

Fraser Fir (Abies Fraseri)

Fraser Fir

Perfect for smaller spaces, the Fraser fir generally has a tall, thin shape. It has small, flat, soft green needles which are ‘needlelast’ and don’t drop easily. The Fraser fir is ideal for children to decorate and when you squeeze its needles they have a citrus smell like lemons.

  • Good for small spaces
  • Great needle retention
  • Citrus scent
  • Soft, family friendly needles

Blue Spruce (Picea pungens ‘Glauca’)

Blue Spruce

Extremely popular in Europe, the Blue Spruce has a wide shape and its lovely blue colour is the result of the resin it produces to cover and protect its needles. Its needles are the most prickly of all our trees so it’s less suitable for homes with small children.

  • Wide shape
  • Blue/silver foliage
  • Prickly needles

Artificial trees
In the past artificial Christmas trees were a bit of a sad affair with a few wiry, sparse branches, but now it can be hard to tell them apart from the real thing. Although some artificial trees may cost a little more to buy you can use them year after year, saving you money in the long run.

With advancements in real tree technology artificial Christmas trees are becoming more realistic than ever. To understand more about the different types available, take a look at the list below.

PE (polyethylene)


PE trees are the most realistic artificial Christmas trees you can buy. They’re created using moulds of real tree branches so they’re particularly authentic looking. Made from polyethylene, the needles produced are 3D and a PE tree is ideal if you want the look of a real tree without having to clean up afterwards.

  • Realistic
  • No mess
  • Variety of sizes available
  • Easy to assemble

PVC (polyvinyl chloride)


PVC trees give you an affordable way to own a Christmas tree and they’re a great choice if you’re buying your first tree. They come in a variety of different styles, with everything from big bushy branches to large flat ones. The branches also tend to be soft, making them great for children and animals.

  • Affordable
  • Wide range of styles available
  • Variety of sizes available
  • Easy to assemble
  • Soft branches

PE and PVC


PE and PVC trees are the perfect combination of affordability and style. If you’re keen to have a realistic artificial tree but can’t afford the expense, this style of tree offers the best of both worlds, with layers of both bushy PVC branches and realistic moulded 3D branches.

  • Affordable
  • Realistic
  • Variety of styles available
  • Variety of sizes available
  • Easy to assemble


Pre lit

If you want a fuss-free option, pre-lit Christmas trees are an ideal choice. You won’t need to add string lights as these are fitted with twinkly LED bulbs and they look great either decorated or simply left lit. The bulbs are typically white or multi-coloured (or both), with many featuring multiple settings, making it easy to create your perfect festive look this Christmas.

  • Available in a variety of sizes
  • No need to add string lights
  • Multi setting options available
  • Easy to assemble



If you want to create a winter wonderland look in your home, choose a flocked tree with a snow-dusted look. Some of these trees are also pre-decorated with pinecones, giving you a wonderful festive look from the moment the tree is assembled.

  • Snow dusted
  • Many include pinecones
  • Variety of sizes available
  • Easy to assemble