Christmas tree buying guide

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Ready to pick the perfect tree for your home this Christmas? We’ve got a veritable forest of firs on offer – from real to artificial, 3 to 10 feet high and even pre-lit, flocked or blue resin varieties. So, to make sure you find the tree that’s right for you, we’ve created this handy guide.

Real trees

At Homebase, we’re incredibly proud of the quality of our real Christmas trees, all grown right here in the UK and Ireland for up to 12 years. Plus, they’re lovingly nurtured for us by our growers – from seed to store.

If you’re buying a real tree, you’ll need to think about its size, shape and scent. Does it hold its needles well? Is it strong enough for heavy ornaments? Is it suitable for young children? Find out all this and more with our in-depth breakdown of Homebase’s most popular Christmas tree varieties.

Norway spruce

Norway Spruce

Picea abies

Despite its name, the Norway Spruce is grown throughout Britain, and is often considered the traditional style of Christmas tree – as well as one of the most popular. With regular pruning and shearing by our expert growers, expect a bushy, classically-shaped tree, packed with short green needles and a lovely pine scent. It’ll stay nice and fresh throughout the Christmas season if well-watered, although it tends to shed needles regularly.

  • Traditional style of Christmas tree
  • Attractive pine scent
  • Requires regular and thorough watering
  • 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 

With a well-balanced ‘A’ shape and strong branches with needles on all sides, the Nordman Fir is by far the UK’s most popular Christmas tree variety. It’s green ‘needlelast’ needles don’t drop easily and their softness makes it ideal for children to decorate. There’s also glossy foliage all along the well-spaced branches, ideal for showcasing your beautiful baubles.

  • The UK's most popular Christmas tree variety
  • Holds its needles well
  • Excellent 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

With a tall, thin shape and green ‘needlelast’ needles that don’t drop easily, the pre-cut Fraser Fir is perfect for smaller spaces. Not only are they child-friendly, but the Fraser Fir’s needles even give off a beautiful citrus scent when squeezed, filling the room with a fresh lemon aura.

  • Ideal for small spaces
  • Holds its needles well
  • Fresh citrus scent
  • Soft, family friendly needles
  • Height range of cut trees: 150cm - 270cm/5ft - 9ft 
Blue Spruce

Blue Spruce

Picea pungens ‘Glauca’

A real trend-setter in Europe, the Blue Spruce mixes a good width with a beautiful blue and silver tint – caused by the resin it produces to protect its needles. A stunning addition to any home, be careful around small children, as its needles are the prickliest of all our trees.

  • Nice wide shape
  • Eye-catching 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?

If they’re looked after and regularly watered, a real Christmas tree should usually last for four to six weeks. Check out our guide on Christmas tree care to find out more.

When should I put up my Christmas tree?

Decades ago, Christmas trees were traditionally put up on Christmas Eve – but why miss out on enjoying it for longer? These days, there are no real rules, so you can put yours up any time from December 1st.

Cut tree, pot-grown tree – or both?

Our real trees come both cut or pot-grown, it all depends on where you’re keeping it. Cut trees come in larger sizes, so they’ll look great in a living room, dining room or hallway.Pot-grown trees, meanwhile, are ideal for outside, so why not place them in your front garden, porch or even on a balcony as a festive welcome for family and friends?

Pot-grown trees also don’t need a tree stand or skirt, so they’re easy to move around – plus they’ll stay fresh long after the festivities are over. In fact, if well-watered, you’ll even be able to display it next Christmas! Alternatively, pot-grown trees are perfect for planting in your garden to add a touch of evergreen colour.

So, cut trees or pot-grown? Depending on how much space you have available, you might not have to choose. Why not treat yourself to both cut and pot-grown trees to bring festive cheer both inside and outside your home?

Artificial trees from Homebase

In the past, artificial Christmas trees could often be a pale imitation of the real thing – just a few sad, wiry branches in a pot. But these days? You’d struggle to tell them apart. What’s more, despite often being slightly more expensive, artificial trees can be reused year after year, saving you a bundle in the long run.

Our artificial Christmas trees are packed with cutting-edge tree technology, but which type will you choose? To help you narrow it down, we’ve broken down the three main types.

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Natural looking trees

Looking for a plain, artificial tree that you can add your personal touch to? Choose from ultra-realistic varieties with moulded 3D branches, or our affordable long-lasting versions. Then you can decorate it to your heart’s content, without dropping needles making a mess.

  • Realistic look
  • Mess-free
  • Soft branches
  • Easy to assemble
  • Variety of sizes available
  • Wide range of styles
Pre-lit

Pre-lit

Want a fuss-free festive option? Our pre-lit Christmas trees are the ideal choice. Forget untangling that ball of string lights from last year – these cutting-edge trees come fitted with twinkly LED bulbs right out of the box, ready to be admired or decorated further. Choose from white or coloured lights (or both) with a whole heap of settings to set your perfect Christmas mood.

  • No need to add ights
  • Wide range of light settings
  • Wide range of sizes
  • Easy to assemble
Flocked

Flocked

Create a winter wonderland right in your own home with our flocked trees – complete with a snow-dusted look. What’s more, some even come pre-decorated with pinecones, giving you a fantastic festive style from the moment the tree is assembled.

  • Snow dusted look
  • Many types include pinecones
  • Wide range of sizes
  • Easy to assemble

We hope this guide has helped you to choose your Chrsitmas tree or trees.

If you need more festive inspiration or advice? Check out our dedicated Christmas hub today.

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