Non-Drop Christmas Trees

Way back when Farmer Tom was just a young farm hand, your typical choice of Christmas trees here in the UK was between a Norway Spruce and … a Norway Spruce. Fast forward to today, and you’ll find a choice of a few different varieties at all good bookshops Christmas tree outlets.

One of the most regular questions we get asked at the plantations is “what’s the best non drop tree?”. Or, in fact, quite often it’s “what’s the best non-drip tree?” … but we’re far too polite to say anything. If you’re here because of an aversion to hoovering, though, read on!

If you want to shop ’til you non-drop, we’ve lined up the best options below. But first, a little bit of context. Of course, no tree is truly “non-drop” (except for one that’s still growing!), and although there are lots of steps you can take to make your Christmas tree last longer, from the moment a tree is cut it will start to dry out and, eventually, the needles will drop off (they are, after all, effectively the tree’s leaves). Trees are considered “non-drop” if they retain their needles for significantly longer than traditional varieties (like the Norway Spruce). Generally speaking, Firs (as opposed to Spruces) are better at keeping their needles for longer.

Before other varieties became popular in the UK, the Blue Spruce was considered a “non-drop” tree, so it’s unlucky to make our top 3, but it’s simply been beaten out by some big hitters in the world of needle retention 😉


Without further ado, here’s our top 3 best non-drop Christmas trees:

1. Nordman Fir


If needle retention is your number one priority, you can’t beat the Nordman Fir. Originating from the wilds of Hungary, the Nordman has become hugely popular in the past decade here in the UK because of it’s lovely soft needles, it’s bushy nature and, of course, it’s ability to hold on to it’s needles better than any other contender. Hats off to you, Nordman Fir.


But, whilst it’s top of the crop, you shouldn’t look past your other non-droptions…

2. Fraser Fir


Finishing a very respectable second, and only just behind the Nordman, is the Fraser Fir. Native to the southern US of A, it’s often the tree of choice for the White House, but it’s name is a hat-tip to a canny Scottish botanist (good work John). The Fraser certainly out-does the Nordman when it comes to it’s beautiful scent, which is a touch citrus-y.


So that’s the Fraser, let’s move on to our final fir…

3. Douglas Fir


Big up the Doug! Native to the western US of A, this tree is actually named after a canny Scottish botanist … hang on, Dave, can we get that checked? Dave? Really, again? Ok … Native to the western US of A, this tree is named after Scottish botanist David Douglas. It’s something a bit different to the typical tree you’ll see in the UK; full and bushy to the top, it’s branches are quite flexible, so more suited to tinsel than heavy baubles.

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