£61 – £85
The Korean Fir is fast becoming a firm favourite of visitors to our farms with its neat conical shape, dark green colouring and strong needle retention. We’re making a handful available online this year, so get in quick! If you’ve had a Nordman Fir in the past, you’ll see some similarities – the main difference being that the Korean Fir is a bit more compact and has a lovely scent. Read more.
The Korean Fir (Latin: Abies Koreana) is a popular ornamental tree, but has only fairly recently started being cultivated for use as a Christmas tree (at least in the UK). It’s native to (you won’t believe it…) the Korean Peninsula – particularly the mountainous areas of South Korea. It likes a lot of rain and humidity, but not too much heat, so mountain forests are where you’ll find it growing in the wild.
The Korean Fir won’t grow as big as some of our other varieties, topping out at about 15m (and that would take a good 40 years or so). The slower growth means you get a more compact Christmas tree that’s still full in shape. It also holds a good degree of symmetry as it grows, making for a very pretty little tree.
The needles – which mature to a rich green on the upper side – are flat and rounded, similar to the Nordman but a little shorter. They’re also nice and soft, so prickled fingers for the little ones. The needle retention is pretty much as good as it gets.
The headline characteristic of the Korean though has got to be the scent – its big advantage over the Nordman. The aroma is fresh and leafy – think an early morning walk through a misty forest.
If you want a compact, symmetrical low-drop tree that has a lovely scent, look no further. The Korean is pleasing on the eye, pleasing on the nostrils and pleasing to whoever it is that does the hoovering.
If you like the Nordman but you’re a bit tighter for space, give the Korean a try. You’ll get the bonus of a lovely scent too!
Companies and growers measure Christmas trees in lots of ways, so on our website we’ve tried to keep it relatively simple: our measurements in feet are a minimum height to the top of the tree. So, if you order a 6ft tree it will be at least 6ft from the base of the trunk to the tippy top – typically, it will be a bit taller. Don’t forget to account for this potential extra height – sometimes up to 1.5ft for taller trees.
The long bit on the top of the tree (where you put your star or fairy) is called the ‘leader’. This can be quite long on some trees and much shorter on others – just natural variance – so growers account for this when measuring by taking a height to halfway up the leader (halfway between the top set of branches and the top of the tree). Just to confuse things a bit further, the industry standard is centimetre ranges. Here’s a handy conversion:
Tree ordered - Height to halfway up leader:
4ft tree - 125-150cm
5ft tree - 150-175cm
6ft tree - 175-200cm
7ft tree - 200-225cm
8ft tree - 225-250cm
9ft tree - 250-300cm
With natural products it’s not a perfect science, so these ranges act as a guide and your tree may be a little outside of the ranges in either direction.
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!