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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 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. Your tree may be up to 1.5ft taller than the chosen height so please account for this.
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
✅ You want a tree with a symmetrical shape
✅ You don’t mind a tree that doesn’t smell
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I thought last years were the best but the shape of these this year are so lovely. They’re so fresh even after a log fire in the drawing room every day – hardly any dropped needles and they both still smell of lovely freshness.Lizzie
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 its 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.
Christmas Tree Credentials
Far and away the biggest reason that the Nordman Fir is so popular is because it’s great at retaining its needles. This is easily the number one non-drop Christmas tree; even when it starts to dry out the Nordman will hold on to it’s needles relentlessly (though we’d always recommend keeping your tree watered so it looks nice and fresh).
Aside from that, the Nordman is great choice for it’s:
- Symmetrical ‘pyramid’ shape.
- Firm, strong branches (great for hanging decorations on).
- Soft needles (not spiky for you or the kids).
- More allergy-friendly foliage.