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Introduced to Britain relatively recently, the Fraser is growing in popularity year on year. The Fraser originates from Canada and North America where it is the biggest selling Christmas tree. The reason for its popularity is its excellent needle retention coupled with a beautiful orangey scent. The Fraser has a slimmer more wispy look to the Noble and Nordman, particularly in the smaller sizes – if you’re after the perfect symmetry, this might not be the tree for you, but if you love the smell and want a fresh tree that’ll keep it’s soft needles well, it’s a great choice. 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!
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✅ You’re looking for a tree that will hold its needles well
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Thank you for my beautiful, symmetrical tree which arrived as promised and in perfect condition. I couldn’t be any happier and the whole process was completely stress-free. My children are decorating it as we speak. Many thanks to all involved.Anne
The Fraser Fir (Abies Fraseri) is a close relative of the Balsam Fir. Both are native to North America, with the Fraser originating from the Appalachian Mountains of the south-eastern US. It’s one of the most popular choices of Christmas tree over in the States, having been chosen more times than any other variety for use as the official White House tree.
The Fraser is a slow-growing tree – a 7ft tree might be as much as 10 years old – and tends to favour higher elevation and slightly cooler climates. In the UK they’re therefore mainly grown in Scotland (quite appropriately, as they’re named after a Scot), but so long as we get a reasonable amount of rain they do very well down here in the South East too.
The branches on a Fraser tend to be angled upwards anywhere up to around 45 degrees. This can give the tree a slightly more slender appearance and also means that the branches are strong when it comes to hanging decorations from them. The Fraser has a conical shape but tends not to be quite as symmetrical as the Nordman, The needles on a Fraser are soft and flat, tightly spaced and often with a silvery or whitish tinge on the underside, and they hold on well after harvest. The Fraser has quite sticky sap.
Frasers grow up to around 15 meters typically, if left alone and thin out a lot as they get taller.
Christmas Tree Credentials
The Fraser makes for an excellent Christmas tree for its:
- Good needle retention
- Strong branches angled upwards (great for baubles and hanging decs)
- Orangey scent
- More compact profile