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The Douglas Fir is a popular Christmas tree in the United States. Less common in Europe, we are one of the few British growers of Douglas Firs. A dense and therefore heavily-pruned tree, this is ideal for traditional “wrap and bow” style American decorating – the soft, flexible branches less ideal for hanging baubles. Read more.
Your tree will be at least as tall as the stated height, typically a little bit taller (unfortunately trees don’t grow to perfect round heights!). We typically measure from the base of the trunk to around halfway up the ‘leader’ (the long bit at the top where your star/fairy goes), but there is some variance in this depending on the leader length. You can always cut a bit off the top of the leader.
If you’re putting your tree in any sort of stand, that will add some height to the tree, so don’t forget to factor it in to the overall measurement! If you need a stand, we sell them here.
Bear in mind that the taller your tree, the wider it will be at the base. Nordman Firs and Norway Spruces in particular get quite big and bushy as they get taller, so make sure you’ve got space!
Comments From Happy Buyers
Your perfect match?
✅ You’ll be decorating with ribbons and bows
✅ You want a tree with a symmetrical shape
✅ You want a tree with a lovely smell
Why buy from us?
We would just like to say a big thank you for our Norway Spruce. Super shape and bushy to the top of it’s 7 ft height. Will definitely be placing an order in time for next Christmas.Graham
The Douglas Fir (Latin: Pseudotsuga Menziesii – try pronouncing that after a few sherries) is native to North America and also goes by the name of the Oregon Pine. It’s named after a Scottish chap: David Douglas – as fine a botanist as you ever did see. It’s a popular species for timber production but has a wide and interesting range of uses: from Hawaiian canoe construction to tea brewed from its needles. It’s naturalised in the UK, growing well in the wild especially further west, and serves as a popular home for red squirrels.
Douglas Firs can grow very large indeed, up to 100m in some cases. The needles are long, much more so than any of the other varieties we sell online and unlike other varieties they also grow in right the way around the branches, including the underside. The needles are very soft indeed and the branches relatively weak compared to common Christmas trees. The tree has a lovely sweet orangey scent.
Christmas Tree Credentials
The Douglas Fir is a very popular tree in the USA, where it’s common to decorate trees with ribbons and bows rather than heavy ornaments. It has a symmetrical shape and generally bushy appearance when cultivated as a Christmas tree, and has medium needle retention. To achieve the conical Christmas tree shape, our Douglas Firs are sheared through the year.