Choosing a tree
Christmas simply wouldn’t be the same without a deliciously scented pine tree. Here are five of the best.
Think Christmas tree and you’re probably thinking of a Norway spruce, the traditional, cheapest and still the most popular tree. Frequent watering helps the needles stay put.
Paula’s favourite tree, because of its silvery colour, although some people dislike the strong scent. It’s needles last fairly well and it’s usually reasonably priced.
This tree’s long elegant blue-green needles last a long time. Scots pine is also recognisable by its beautiful, natural, pine-forest scent. An inexpensive tree.
The slowest growing and therefore most expensive. Noble fir’s needles curl up slightly, making it an ideal tree for holding decorations. The needles last well.
This orange-scented tree is often sold as branches only – ideal to use in wreaths, garlands, centerpieces etc – as its soft branches don’t support decorations well.
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