The Christmas Tree Science

When it comes to choosing Christmas trees, there’s always that important first important choice: should you get a real Christmas tree or a plastic tree?

Most people prefer a fake tree to a real one because it an artificial tree lasts longer. There is no shower of pine needles on the floor to hoover off as the tree dries out and dies. The problem with an artificial tree, however, is that it may last four or five years, but once it starts to look poor, you throw it away in the trash and it ends up in a landfill.

Buying real trees has two main advantages. You’re purchasing a tree that is completely biodegradable and thus greener and more environment-friendly. The purchase also encourages and supports local tree farmers who grow these trees for Christmas as a sole business.

There are more than 600 species of conifer trees in the globe, providing you quite a range of trees to select from. But what are the most popular Christmas trees in the UK?

The Nordmann Fir

This tree is now the most commonly used tree across the UK and it comes from as far away as the Russian Caucasus, Georgia and Armenia, where they grow in the mountains. It is officially the tallest tree in Europe, making it quite distinguished from other varieties. Some of the biggest ones are around 2m in width and 60m tall.

As a Christmas tree it is perfectly suitable for your needs. The leaves are long-lived, so they build up over time to give you a dense dark green foliage. As a mountain tree species, they have adapted to both extremes: freezing winters and dry, hot summers, making them tolerant of various conditions. Including your central heating (A/C).

The Norway Spruce

One of the more familiar breeds of Christmas trees in the UK. It’s quite popular as a forest tree throughout Europe. It’s also planted extensively in the UK and its other uses are as timber and for wood pulping. One of its disadvantages is its inability to cope with central heating in your home. The Norway Spruce, therefore, is that tree with the brown needles waiting to be hovered off the floor, a week after Christmas.

The Noble Fir

A tree native to America, this species has very thick, chunky twigs with dense, smooth leaves on them. This makes them quite soft to humane touch. However, in America, a totally different set  of species of Christmas trees are used, based on local tastes.

Priyanka is a freelancer who writes articles and develops new, unique content for a variety of many online publications. Priyanka’s latest project is to write informative articles on the subject of Artificial Christmas Trees for the reputable online agency Uniquely Christmas Trees.

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