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Originating from Hungary the Nordman fir has grown in popularity since being introduced to the British market. The reason for its popularity is its excellent needle retention – it’s the number one non-drop Christmas tree – and its uniform shape. The needles on this tree are large dark green and soft to touch, therefore ideal for youngsters. 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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The Nordman Fir (also spelled Nordmann, Latin: Abies Nordmanniana) has cemented it’s place as Britain’s favourite Christmas tree, so we think it’s about time you learned a bit more about this popular variety. Sometimes called the Caucasian Fir, that should give you a clue as to it’s native home; the mountainous regions of the Russian Caucasus, Turkey & Georgia, around the Black Sea. As well as being used in public parks and gardens, it’s now cultivated across the world for use as, you guessed it, a Christmas tree – more on why it fits the bill so well below.
In it’s early years the Nordman grows in a very neat, conical shape, with concentric rings of branches being added with each year’s growth. The result is a very symmetrical and aesthetically-pleasing tree, which is just one of the reasons it’s favoured for Christmas. The foliage is a deep dark green, and the needles are relatively broad (especially compared to spruces) and very soft.
The upper side of the needles also have a waxy coating, which gives them glossy finish and also means that the tree can be better for those with allergies.
Left to their own devices, Nordmans can grow up to around 60m tall, but when cultivated as a Christmas tree they tend to have quite a bushy, even ‘fat’ appearance. On our Sussex soil, they grow at a rate of around 1-2ft per year.