Real Christmas tree buying guide

It all starts with the tree

What’s Christmas without the perfect pine, or over-the-top decorations?

Being part of "team real" in the real versus artificial Christmas tree debate is something people feel great pride in. We understand that there's nothing quite like a real Christmas tree. Choosing it with your family, standing in the chilly air debating the benefits of various heights and shapes signals that Christmas has well and truly arrived. And If you can’t make it to a B&Q store this year – don’t fret, our real trees are available for home delivery too! (NB: home delivery not available in Republic of Ireland).

They look stunning, their fresh pine smell is incredible and they’re not as difficult to care for as you might have feared. Let us take the guess work out of this most important festive ritual, and help you pick the perfect Christmas tree. We’ve got something for every space and family.

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Reasons to choose a real Christmas tree

Real Christmas trees are…

  • The traditional choice
  • Rich with a wonderful smell
  • Available in species with good needle retention – so less mess to clean up
  • Part of the annual family ritual – choose the ‘right one’ for you and your family
  • Available in a variety of sizes to best suit your space
  • Unique and individual – each one is different
  • Increasingly easy to dispose of responsibly after the holidays
  • Eco-friendly, as they’re fully biodegradable
  • Temporary – change your size or style next year for a whole new look
  • Economical as an individual purchase
  • Helping to support farmers – Christmas trees provide a profitable harvest on otherwise unproductive land
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Our Christmas trees begin life as humble seeds, carefully hand-selected from specially managed forests. Then, for the next three to four years, they are meticulously nurtured and tended to in a nursery. When our little trees are strong enough, they’re placed in vast outdoor plantations where they’re closely cared for and watched for a further three to seven years.

Once they’ve reached their perfect size, our trees are then cut, cleaned and securely netted, so they have a safe trip to your local B&Q store. And our Christmas trees, whether pot-grown or cut, are responsibly sourced as part of our work with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) and The Forest Trust (TFT).

From seed to your home, every part of our Christmas tree's story is considered. Read more about our commitment to forest-friendly wood.

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What space is available?

Before buying your new Christmas tree, it’s essential to know what space you have available for it. Unlike artificial trees, real trees do offer the chance to trim them once home if they don’t quite fit where you’d intended. So, if you have overestimated how much space you have, they can be still be cut back. But, it’s best to take off a little at a time – there’s no gluing on shorn branches if you’ve gotten too enthusiastic with the shears.

We recommend getting an approximate sense of the available space before buying your tree. It can be helpful to have exact measurements, but they’re not a necessity. And remember all three dimensions are equally important – height, width and depth. Height is easy to get wrong as your tree will probably still need room for a decorative topping (such as a star) and the stand or tub at the base.

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How is the tree being transported?

Sometimes it’s not the space in your house that determines what size tree you can accommodate, but the space in your car. Our trees are sold in netting to make them as easy to carry as possible, but getting them home can be tricky, so make sure you know how you’re going to transport it safely. If it’s going inside your car, put down the back seats before leaving to better judge the space available. And if it’s going on top of your car, check you have everything you need to secure the tree safely to your roof.

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How are you going to dispose of it?

Think about how you’re going to dispose of your tree once the holidays are over. For all available options, and tips on how to keep your tree looking fresh and full, check out our guide to caring for your Christmas tree.

Cut or pot-grown?

Our trees are available as cut and pot-grown, so why not feature both around your home? Pot-grown ones are perfect for outdoors – with entrance porches, front gardens and balconies ideal spots for them to welcome friends and family. While cut ones come in larger sizes, and so look great in living rooms, dining rooms and hallways.

Pot-grown trees are easy to move around and there’s no need to buy a tree stand or skirt. You don’t have to dispose of them after Christmas, instead they can be enjoyed long after the holidays have passed and, if well cared for, can be part of your festive celebrations for years to come. Alternatively, plant them in your garden to add some evergreen colour.

Types of real Christmas tree

Nordman Fir

  • Pot-grown: Medium is 80-100cm, Large is 100-125cm
  • Cut: Small is 120-150cm, Medium is 160-200cm, Large is 200-240cm, Extra Large is 240-270cm
  • The original low-drop tree
  • Good needle retaining properties with wide and flat, soft, dark green needles
  • Conical shape with dense branches
  • All Scottish grown

Norway Spruce

  • Pot-grown: Medium is 80-100cm, Large is 120-150cm
  • Cut: Small is 120-150cm, Medium is 160-200cm, Large is 200-240cm
  • Classic Christmas tree with traditional shape
  • Ideal for outside display
  • Requires regular and thorough watering as it doesn’t hold needles as well as other types
  • Great value option
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