£46 – £142
The Serbian Spruce is an ideal pick for those of you who need a tree on the slimmer side. Generally less bushy than the Norway Spruce, and with softer needles, the Serbian Spruce will also retain it’s needles better through the season. They have a dainty appearance and delicate branches, so whilst very pretty might not be ideal for big heavy decorations. They’re pretty new on the UK market, and we have a fairly limited number in the ground, but are planting more every year. Read more.
Although the Serbian Spruce (Picea Omorika) is often used as an ornamental tree, you won’t find it on too many Christmas tree farms in the UK as it’s a fairly specialist variety. It’s a close relative of the Norway Spruce, but less bushy and with a bit more of a blue tinge to its colouring. It’s native, rather unsurprisingly, to western Serbia as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina.
A slow-growing tree, the Serbian Spruce will generally grow to around 20m tall. The needles are flat, relatively short and a bit spiky – though not as sharp as the Norway Spruce. The trees have something of a two-tone appearance, with a darker green on the top of the needles and more of a silvery-blue-green below, making for a rather attractive look.
Serbian Spruces are a great bet for small spaces, as they have a very narrow profile (the slimmest of all of our Christmas trees). This slimness continues – and is to some extent exaggerated – as the tree gets taller, so it should be noted that tall Serbian Spruces won’t form much of a triangular shape. The colouration of the needles, and the even shape of the trees makes them very pretty little trees. One thing to note, though, is that the branches are not very strong at all – so this tree is to be avoided if you have lots of decorations on the heavier side.
The Serbian Spruces are beautiful little trees, dainty and slim but perfectly formed!
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!