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 our 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 festive needs.


Browse our guide to help you decide what Christmas tree to buy this year.

Real trees

At Homebase, we’re incredibly proud of the quality of our real trees and the love and care taken by our growers throughout their journey from seed to store. All of our Christmas trees are grown right here in the UK and Ireland for up to 12 years. Once ready, they are then harvested and delivered straight to our stores.

If you’re buying a real tree, you’ll need to think about its size, shape and scent. You may want to consider whether it holds its needles well, is strong enough for heavy ornaments or suitable for homes with young children. Here’s the lowdown on some of the most popular varieties you’ll find at Homebase.

Norway spruce

Norway Spruce

Picea abies

Despite its name, Norway Spruce grows throughout Britain, and is often considered the traditional style of Christmas tree, as well as being one of the most popular. With regular and expert pruning and shearing, it grows into a bushy, classically-shaped tree, with short green needles and a lovely pine scent. It doesn’t hold its needles particularly well, but it will stay fresh throughout the Christmas season if you put it in water.

  • Traditional Christmas tree
  • Pine scent
  • Requires regular and thorough watering as it doesn’t hold needles as well as other types
  • Great value option
  • Height range of living (pot grown) trees: 60cm - 140cm/2ft - 4.5ft
  • Height range of cut trees: 150cm - 270cm/5ft - 9ft
Nordman Fir

Nordman Fir

Abies nordmanniana 

The Nordman Fir has a well-balanced ‘A’ shape and strong branches with needles on all sides. By far the most popular Christmas tree variety in the UK, it has soft green ‘needlelast’ needles which don’t drop easily and it’s ideal for children to decorate. It also features elegant glossy foliage on tiered branches, making it ideal for showcasing beautiful baubles. 

  • Most popular Christmas tree variety in the UK
  • Great needle retention
  • Good for displaying large baubles
  • Soft family friendly needles
  • Height range of living (pot grown) trees: 60cm - 120cm/2ft - 4ft
  • Height range of cut trees: 120cm - 300cm/4ft - 10ft
Fraser Fir

Fraser Fir

Abies Fraseri

Ideal for smaller spaces, the Fraser fir generally has a tall, thin shape. It has small, flat, soft green needles which are ‘needlelast’ and don’t drop easily. The Fraser fir is ideal for children to decorate and if you squeeze its needles, they will give off a citrus scent that fills the room with a fresh lemon aura.

  • Good for small spaces
  • Great needle retention
  • Citrus scent
  • Soft, family friendly needles
  • Height range of cut trees: 150cm - 270cm/5ft - 9ft 
Blue Spruce

Blue Spruce

Picea pungens ‘Glauca’

Extremely popular in Europe, the Blue Spruce has a wide shape and a lovely blue colour, which is the result of the resin it produces to cover and protect its needles. Its needles are the prickliest of all our trees, so it’s less suitable for homes with small children.

  • Wide shape
  • Blue/silver foliage
  • Prickly needles
  • Height range of living (pot grown) trees: 40cm – 120cm/1.5ft - 4ft

Real Christmas tree FAQs

How long do real Christmas trees last?

A real Christmas tree should last for four to six weeks, as long as it’s watered and cared for properly. Read our guide on Christmas tree care for more information.

When should I put up my Christmas tree?

While decades ago, a Christmas tree was traditionally put up on Christmas Eve, today there are no real rules, so you can put it up any time from 1st December.

Cut tree, pot-grown tree – or both?

You can buy our real trees both cut and pot-grown. Pot-grown trees are ideal for outside and you can place them in your front garden or porch – or even on a balcony – as a great way of welcoming family and friends. Cut trees are available in larger sizes and look great in a living room, dining room or hallway.

Pot-grown trees don’t need a tree stand or skirt and they’re easy to move around. There’s no need to dispose of them after Christmas – you can enjoy a pot-grown tree long after the festivities are over and if you take care of it, you can even display it again next Christmas. Alternatively, plant a pot-grown tree in your garden to add a touch of evergreen colour.

Depending on the space you have available, why not buy a mix of cut and pot-grown trees to display around the inside and outside of your home?

Artificial trees from Homebase

In the past, artificial Christmas trees were a bit of a sad affair, sporting 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.

With advancements in tree technology, our artificial Christmas trees almost look real. To understand more about the different types of artificial Christmas trees available to purchase, take a look at the list below.


Natural looking trees

If you’re looking for a plain and unadorned artificial tree, choose from incredibly realistic looking varieties with moulded 3D branches, or less detailed more affordable trees that will still look great and last for years. To give your tree that personal touch, simply add your favourite lights and decorations to enjoy the look of a real Christmas tree without the messy and prickly needles.

  • Realistic
  • No mess
  • Soft branches
  • Variety of sizes available
  • Wide range of styles
  • Easy to assemble


If you want a fuss-free option, pre-lit Christmas trees are the ideal choice. You won’t need to add string lights as these are fitted with twinkly LED bulbs and they look great either decorated or simply left as they come. The bulbs are typically white or multi-coloured (or both), with many featuring multiple settings, making it easy to create your perfect festive look this Christmas.

  • Available in a variety of sizes
  • No need to add string lights
  • Multi setting options available
  • Easy to assemble


To create a winter wonderland in your own home, choose a flocked tree with a snow-dusted look. Some of these trees are also pre-decorated with pinecones, giving you a wonderful festive look from the moment the tree is assembled.

  • Snow dusted
  • Many include pinecones
  • Variety of sizes available
  • Easy to assemble

Discover more festive inspiration and advice within our dedicated Christmas hub – browse now.

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