Christ­mas conifers

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NORDMANN FIR

Abies nord­man­ni­ana is the pop­u­lar nee­dle-hold­ing tree for Christ­mas. Prefers a moist but well-drained soil. H70m+ (230ft+)

NO­BLE FIR

Abies pro­cera has small blue­green nee­dles and pyra­mi­dal shape. A pop­u­lar liv­ing tree with up­right cones. Well-drained soil. H12-17m (39-56ft)

NOR­WAY SPRUCE

Picea abies is the favoured tree of old, but loses its nee­dles. Freedrain­ing soil in sun or part shade. H17-22m (56-72ft)

SCOTS PINE

Pi­nus sylvestris is our na­tive pine tree with blueish nee­dles, gnarled bark, tall trunk and bushy crown. Best in well-drained soil. H12-17m (39-56ft)

FRASER FIR

Abies fraseri has small dark shiny leaves with sil­ver bands un­der­neath. Fes­tive favourite in the US. Prefers free-drain­ing soil. H12-17m (39-56ft)

BLUE SPRUCE

Picea pun­gens ‘Hoop­sii’ or ‘Edith’ are slow-grow­ing conifers with bril­liant blue nee­dles. Needs well-drained soil. H3-7m (10-23ft)

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