Let them live
Don’t want a dead pine tree dropping needles all over the carpet? Go for a living tree that you can keep from one year to the next.
JUNIPERUS CHINENSIS KAIZUKA is a designer conifer that will live happily in a container. It’ll grow to about two metres and makes a fabulous container tree.
PINUS MUGO is even smaller, stretching to reach 60cm in height. It has fresh green foliage and grows very slowly, so you should have it for many Christmases to come.
THE DWARF BALSAM FIR is also slow-growing and has grey-green needles that look good year-round. It’s evergreen and should only grow to about 1.5 metres.
CRYPTOMERIA foliage has a Christmassy look and no, you don’t need the shelter-belt variety. There’s a little one, Compressa, that stays really small, around 75cm. It’s evergreen, but in winter the foliage turns bronze and purple.
Another slow grower, the dwarf Balsam fir should make it to 1.5 metres.