How to choose the right Christmas tree

Christmas is just around the corner, and it's time to choose the perfect tree. How do you make the right choice amidst a sea of needles and branches? Don't worry. Lakeside is here to guide you through the art of choosing the ultimate Christmas tree.

Types of Christmas trees

Lakeside has some fir-bulous trees on sale this year, each with its own characteristics and features.

  1. Nordmann Fir (Abies nordmanniana):

    • Features: Glossy, dark green needles with soft tips and a broad, symmetrical shape.
    • Advantages: Needles are less prone to shedding, making it a popular choice for families with pets or small children.
    • Available as: POTTED and CUT.
  2. Norway Spruce (Picea abies):

    • Features: Bright green needles with a pleasant pine scent. Branches droop downwards.
    • Advantages: Traditional appearance and a delightful fragrance, but needles may shed more quickly.
    • Available as: POTTED only.
  3. Serbian Spruce (Picea omorika):

    • Features: Elongated, dark green needles that wrap around branches. Narrow shape.
    • Advantages: Retains needles well and has an elegant appearance.
    • Available as: POTTED only.
  4. Blue Spruce (Picea pungens):

    • Features: Bluish to silvery needles with sharp points. Compact shape.
    • Advantages: Striking colour and form, often chosen for modern themes.
    • Available as: POTTED only.
  5. Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris):

    • Features: Long, bright green needles in clusters. Open and irregular shape.
    • Advantages: Sturdy branches, traditional appearance.
    • Available as: CUT only.
  6. Noble Fir (Abies procera):

    • Features: Shorter upward facing needles. Known for its beauty and compact habit.
    • Advantages: Good needle retention and suitable for heavy ornaments.
    • Available as: CUT only.
  7. Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri):

    • Features: Dark blue/green colour needles, with slightly upward facing branches. Pleasantly scented.
    • Advantages: Good needle retention and slender in shape making them suitable for small spaces.
    • Available as: CUT only.

Types of Chrsitmas trees

It is also important to consider the space you have available and any practical considerations, such as needle retention. The key is to choose a tree that complements your style and creates the festive atmosphere you desire.

Choosing the right Christmas tree

Choosing the right Christmas tree

  1. Measuring the space: Before getting lost in the magic of Christmas trees, grab a tape measure and determine the available space for your tree. There's nothing worse than coming home with a beautiful tree only to discover it doesn't fit in the living room!

  2. Selecting the type of tree: Various types of Christmas trees are available, from Nordman to fragrant pines and slender Fraser firs. Each variety has its unique characteristics, so choose the one that suits your taste and the atmosphere you want to create.

  3. Checking freshness: A fresh tree is essential for maintaining that lush appearance long after the holidays. Gently tap the needles – they should be resilient and not easily break. Give the tree a gentle shake; if many needles fall, consider choosing another tree.

  4. Observing needle colour: The colour of the needles is a crucial factor. Opt for vibrant green needles, avoiding brown or dried-out spots. A healthy colour indicates that the tree has been well cared for.

  5. Inspecting for imperfections: Thoroughly inspect the tree for any imperfections, such as bare spots, broken branches, or insects. A healthy Christmas tree ensures a stress-free festive season.

  6. Scent test: One of the pleasures of a real Christmas tree is the delightful scent. Lean forward, close your eyes, and inhale the aromas. Choose the tree whose scent warms your heart.

  7. Prioritising sustainability: If you plan to enjoy your tree for an extended period, opt for a sustainable variety with good needle retention. This ensures your tree stays beautiful even as the holidays progress.

  8. Transporting in style: Have you successfully found the right tree? Congratulations! Now, ensure you transport it safely home. Have your tree wrapped in a net to minimize needle loss on the way, or secure it with a rope. Whether walking, cycling, or driving, transport your tree with care. Lakeside also offers a local kerbside delivery service. Ask a member of our team for details.

Transporting a Christmas tree

Purchase the Most Beautiful Christmas Tree at Lakeside.

Starting from the last weekend of November, you can purchase the most beautiful Christmas trees at our garden centre. Now you're aware of these tips, you're ready to bring the magic of the holidays home with the perfect Christmas tree. So, don your cosiest Christmas sweater at the end of November, play some cheerful tunes in the car, and visit our Lakeside. Find that special tree that will make your holidays unforgettable. Enjoy the selection and decoration!