Christmas Countdown

Digby Farm

Station Road
North Luffenham
LE15 8LF

Tel: 01780 720607


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So, what types of trees are there?

If you aren’t sure yet what tree to buy then read on for a brief guide to the types of Christmas tree available – as you will see, there are lots of different types that will match whatever you need.


(picea abies)

Needles – Light to dark green in colour

The traditional Christmas tree, can be sheared (trimmed) to make an attractive dense bushy tree, this is our best selling tree and, provided it is freshly cut or dug in December (as all our trees are) and supplied with plenty of water whilst in the house, should hold its needles nicely into the new year.

(picea omorika)

Needles – green with silver underside with a soft texture

A narrow more sparsely branched tree which is therefore more suited to loads of tinsel, larger decorations etc that fill out a tree.

The needles on the Serbian Spruce can start falling earlier that other varieties so this tree requires lots of water and definitely needs a cooler environment.

(picea pungens glauca)

Needles – can be an attractive silver blue.

Good needle retention.

Needles can be very sharp so not so good with young children or pets in the house.

(pinus sylvestris)

Needles – large, blue in colour

Can be very dense when sheared, perhaps the best tree for needle retention

A very popular tree


Generally speaking the firs are slower growing than the pines and spruce, the reason for their higher price which can be twice that of a similar sized spruce.

(abies nordmanniana)

Needles – dark green, soft

The most widely sold fir, good needle retention, tends to be rather wide as a small tree and the top shoots away as the tree gets larger.

Best between 1 to 2.5 metre high.

(abies procera)

Needles – soft, curled, dark green

Good needle retention, very slow growing needs a high rainfall to grow successfully. Can be a most active tree, though quality is very inconsistent.

Does not grow well in England.

(pseudotsuga menziesh)

Needles – soft, light green strong scent.

Not a true fir, branches are very wispy unless sheared heavily.

Find a good example and the smell will lift your spirits every time you enter the room.

BALSAM FIR (abies balsamaea) /
(abies fraseri)

Needles – short, dark green

Two very similar trees recently introduced into this country from America.

The Balsam Fir has a lovely “traditional pine” smell which can fill a small-medium room easily and can really enhance the Christmassy feel of a room.

A Member of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association

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