Christmas tree buying guide

Christmas tree buying guide

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To help you pick the perfect tree for your home this Christmas we've created this handy guide to Homebase's veritable forest of firs. From real to artificial, in heights from 3 feet to 10 feet and with pre-lit, pop-up and pencil varieties we have something to suit every family's festivities.

The real deal

It's hard to resist the pine-scented aroma of a natural Christmas tree and with so many shapes, varieties and sizes in stock it's easy to find your favourite fir at Homebase. You can choose between a cut or container-grown variety. Containerised trees can be planted in your garden if you have the space, or alternatively you can put them in an attractive pot, keep them outside, and re-use them year after year provided they are well cared for (watered, fed, and re-potted when they get too big.)

Real trees from Homebase

All our trees are grown in the UK, using natural and environmentally friendly methods, by specialist grower Needlefresh. We've worked with them for almost 30 years now to ensure we have freshest and best quality, real trees. All our trees are nurtured and lovingly hand pruned over many years, to achieve the perfect shaped tree for you come Christmas. All trees are grown in the UK and delivered from field to store in as little as 48 hours to guarantee freshness and minimal needle drop.

Top tips: 

  • Any real tree will need plenty of water to keep it healthy and prevent it from drooping, so make sure you buy a sturdy tree stand that can hold a good amount of water
  • Keep water topped up regularly so your tree doesn't get dry, and keeping it away from radiators and heat sources will prolong the life of the tree and prevent needle drop
  • If you choose a potted tree, make sure you keep the tree outside until it is needed inside for decorating to help preserve its needles for longer

Needlelast Nordman Fir
Needlelast™ Nordman Fir

  • - Excellent needle retention
  • - Pine scent
  • - Scent rating:  2/3
  • - Strong branches ideal for heavy ornaments
  • - Height range of cut trees: 1.2-3m (4-10ft)
  • - Height range of living trees: 60-120cm (2-4ft)


Currently Britain's most popular Christmas tree, the Nordman Fir has excellent needle holding properties. Our Nordman Firs are grown from the very best seed available - from the northern side of a mountain range in Ambourlaui, Georgia - resulting in trees that are slower growing and late flushing, ensuring the ideal number of branches, the classic Christmas tree shape, and long, soft, dark green needles.

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Norway Spruce
  • - Traditional Christmas tree
  • - Pine scent
  • - Scent rating: 3/3
  • - Height range of cut trees: 1.5-2.7m (5-9ft)
  • - Height range of living trees: 60-140cm (2-4.5ft)

Despite its name, Norway Spruce grows throughout Britain, and is often considered the 'traditional' style of Christmas tree along with the most popular. With regular and expert pruning and shearing, it grows into a bushy, classically-shaped tree, with short green needles. 

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Norway spruce

Needlelast Fraser fir
Needlelast™ Fraser Fir

  • - Excellent needle retention
  • - Citrus scent
  • - Scent rating: 2/3
  • - Slim in width so well-suited to corners and smaller spaces
  • - Height range of cut tree: 1.5-2.7m (5-9ft)
  • - Height range of living tree: 100-150cm (3-5ft)


Although similar in appearance to the Norway Spruce, the Fraser Fir has all the desirable needle holding qualities of the Nordman Fir. It has a unique and extremely pleasing fragrance of balsam, and at its best is a pleasingly well-shaped tree. You might find its availability limited elsewhere however, as many nurseries find it a difficult tree to grow.

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Blue Spruce

  • - Distinctive blue/green foliage
  • - Good needle retention
  • - Scent rating: 1/3
  • - Height range of living tree: 40-120cm (1-4ft)


For many years Germany's traditional Christmas tree, the Blue Spruce comes in colours ranging from grey-green to a brighter blue-green. This pot grown tree has an endearing shape, and is easily decorated. However, its needles tend to be rather sharp, and we wouldn't recommend it to anyone with pets or young children.

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Buy any Christmas tree in store and have it delivered to your home for £5*

*We offer a £5 delivery service for Christmas trees - just visit your local store within mainland UK and ROI, pick out a tree and we will deliver it to your home. See in store for details.

The artificial alternative

In the past artificial trees were a bit of a sad affair with a few wiry, sparse branches, but now it can be hard to tell them apart from the real thing. Although some artificial trees may cost a little more to buy you can use them year after year, saving you money in the long run.

Artificial trees from Homebase

Although we have a wide range of realistic-looking artificial designs we understand that not everyone is looking for a traditional tree. Our pencil trees are the perfect way to save space in a smaller home, while our half tree, with its raised branches, solves the problem of how to deal with inquisitive pets and curious children. However, if you’re looking for a design statement our pre-lit contemporary silver-birch, glittering fibre optic styles and pop up trees should hit the spot.

Pre lit chameleon
Pre-lit Chameleon artificial tree

  • - 7 foot tall
  • - Pre lit with 200 colour changing lights
  • - Remote control activation


Light up the room in an instant with this charming pre-lit tree. With a remote control to activate the 200 colour-changing lights, with a choice of 8 effects, change the look of your tree as often as you like from the comfort of the sofa.

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Rotating artificial Christmas tree

  • - 7 foot tall
  • - Pre lit with 300 lights
  • - Rotating stand


This classically shaped Christmas tree will be the ideal centre-piece of your seasonal decorations. Pre-lit with 300 lights and featuring a rotating stand this charming tree promised to delivers a new dimension to your décor this Christmas.

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Rotating tree

Half tree
Half wall artificial Christmas tree

  • - 6 foot tall
  • - Sits flush to the wall
  • - Perfect for smaller spaces


A traditional Christmas tree that only needs half the space. With dense and full looking branches, this clever tree is designed to sit flush against the wall which is ideal if you’re decorating a smaller room and want to keep plenty of floor space.

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E-connect artificial Christmas tree

  • - 7.5 foot tall
  • - Pre lit with 400 lights
  • - E-connect technology


Bring nature indoors with this full and authentic looking tree. Standing at 7.5 foot, this is the ideal Christmas tree if you’re looking to create a focal point in a large space. Pre-lit with 400 LED lights, and with e-connect technology, this sparkling tree will be a real talking point.

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E-connect tree
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Selecting your suitably sized spruce

It’s easy to be seduced by a huge statement tree, but not all of us can fit a 12 footer in our living rooms. Consider the space you have available and select a tree that fits comfortably, as you don’t want it to dominate your room, this includes the width as well as the height as you don’t want to be peering through branches to see the TV. Measure your ceiling height and the width available then pick a spot (ideally near a power supply) where your tree has space to shine.

Top tips:

  • Remember to allow space for your tree topper. Measure how long it is, then add this to your tree for the total height you can handle. You’ll need to allow for a small gap between the top of the tree and the ceiling too.
  • Select a tree with a single straight leader (the very top branch) to easily secure your tree top ornament
  • Choose a tree with a balanced shape so it will look great from all angles, and evenly spaced branches to showcase your ornaments, lights and tinsel
Caring for your real tree

Once you’ve decided where your tree will be going you’ll need to prepare it for its new home.

Tree surgery

When you get your tree home, saw half an inch off the bottom of the trunk. This enables the tree to take up more moisture and stay healthy for longer. Whatever type of stand you’ve chosen, make sure that the tree is put in safely and securely to prevent any accidents.

Floor plan

Positioning your tree near a power supply will make it easier to light and by keeping it away from heat sources you’ll help prevent dropped needles. It’s a good idea to cover the floor underneath your tree to catch any needles that fall off, it’s also useful for catching any accidental spillages when you water the tree. 

Water levels

Keep water levels topped up as an average healthy Christmas tree can drink up to a gallon of water per day. When watering be careful not to get any water on the lights and ideally turn off the power while you do.

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