Choosing the perfect Christmas tree

Choosing the perfect Christmas tree

by Northern Life

Which type of Christmas tree is best for you? How do you decide between a Nordmann fir, a Lodgepole pine, or a Norway spruce?

Each tree species can be a little different in size, scent and needle retention so it’s difficult to know which Christmas tree to buy. Use our expert guide, or try our interactive quiz to choosing the perfect Christmas tree for you.

Norway Spruce – the traditional tree

  • A wonderful shape and an abundance of branches – great for hanging lots of decorations!
  • A lovely ‘Christmassy’ scent that’s perfect at this time of year
Who does it suit?

With a long lasting scent and a traditional shape, Norway spruce are perfect for those who appreciate the classic look and smell of Christmas.


To help your spruce retain its needles you need to place it away from any radiators/fires and water it every day.

Nordmann fir

  • Having soft foliage and an even shape – making it a joy to decorate!
  • Glossy, dark green needles that have a whitish/light blue underside
Who does it suit?

With its big needles which are lovely and soft, Nordmann fir are perfect for those with young children.


You will need a big space to show off a Nordmann fir in its full glory. For a 6ft tall tree allow approximately 5ft space.

Lodgepole pine

  • Bushy appearance and luscious long green needles
  • Branches that point upwards which hold a wonderful pine scent
Who does it suit?

With the best needle retention of them all, Lodgepole pines are perfect for those who like a long festive season and decorate their tree as early as possible.


High ceilings are a must for this tree; make sure you measure the height of your room where you plan to put the tree before you go pick one up from the forest!

What’s the use for Spruce? Top five facts about the traditional tree

  1. Norway spruce makes the perfect garden Christmas tree – delight your neighbours with a beautifully lit spruce outside of your house. The cool air keeps it fresh for much longer.
  2. Fancy a tipple? Spruce needles can be added to your Christmas Gin. Add some washed spruce needles to one cup of gin and leave to infuse overnight.
  3. Full of wonderful vitamins and antioxidants, spruce needles are great way to soothe sore throats – to make a tea, take the needles, wash and brew for 5 minutes.
  4. Christmas candles – love the smell of spruce? Grind up the needles and add to some melted wax.
  5. Spruce oil has an extensive antibacterial and anti-inflammatory property. You can add spruce oil to your pets shampoo to repel fleas and ticks.

Caring for your Christmas tree

Preventing needles dropping and the green from fading on your Christmas tree requires a little bit of care and attention. Follow our top tips for a longer lasting, healthier real Christmas tree!

  1. Cut off 2.5cm from the trunk to aid with water absorption
  2. Put the tree in a stand with the trunk immersed in water
  3. Keep your tree in a cool, dry space. Away from radiators and fires
  4. Water your tree regularly

To find your nearest forest sales centre, or check out top tree tips on keeping your tree fresh and healthy over the holidays visit