Our UK Grown Real Christmas Tree Range
Christmas trees growing across one of the UK farms of specialist Christmas grower Needlefresh
One of our favourite times of the year at Hillier Garden Centres has now taken place and thousands of real Christmas trees have arrived safely at our Centres! All our premium quality, UK grown trees have been hand-picked by our horticultural experts from our dedicated UK Christmas tree growers.
We know how much many of you love selecting your tree in person, so we have been hard at work setting up our magical real tree ‘forests’ in our plant areas, expanding the space so you can still safely browse our Christmas trees with all social distancing measures in place. If you can't visit us, you can use our order and collect service.
Our plant experts will be on hand to help you select your tree. We will then net it and keep it safe until you've finished your visit. Stay a little longer and hunt out the many other botanical treasures in our atmospheric Christmas tree forests, from natural wreaths to containers bursting with winter colour.
Christmas Tree Collection Service
"Excellent, compact tree with very good advice. Will buy next year" - Gardening Club member feedback
Cut Christmas Tree Varieties
Our Christmas tree forests include a great range of classic cut tree varieties, ideal for indoor use, or pot-grown trees for continued or outdoor use.
Cut Nordmann Fir (Abies nordmanniana)
Sizes from 4ft - 8ft | Also available as a pot grown Christmas tree
The Nordmann Fir is the most popular variety of real Christmas tree in the UK and for good reason. This variety is best known for its fantastic needle-holding ability. Its impressive, glossy rich green foliage on tiered branches makes this tree perfect for displaying large and decorative baubles. The soft, family-friendly needles mean family members of every age can be involved with decorating.
Demand has been increasing for a narrower Christmas tree suitable for more modern homes with limited space. Nordmann Fir 'Slimline', which has rapidly become one of the most popular Christmas trees for Hillier customers, differs from the traditional Nordmann as it is hand pruned by specialists using secateurs to create a narrower tree. This results in a magnificent six- or seven-foot tree that occupies a smaller footprint in your home compared to a traditionally shaped tree. As with the Nordmann Fir, it has soft needles with great needle retention.
This traditional Christmas tree offers a lovely pine fragrance. Considered the oldest traditional Christmas tree, it is bushy and well-shaped with short, light-green needles. It must be watered regularly to keep needle drop to a minimum and has sharper needles than other Christmas trees.
Cut Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri)
Sizes from 6ft - 7ft | Also available as a pot grown Christmas tree
This narrow, fragrant and bushy Christmas tree variety is splendid for smaller spaces due to its slimmer, conical shape. The Fraser Fir also has a delicious balsam scent which fills the room for the entire festive period. This tree helps to reduce vacuuming time with its good needle retention and its dense branches hold soft green-silver needles.
Noble Fir (Abies nobilis)
Considered to be one of the most handsome trees, with its lovely blue-green foliage and pleasant fragrance, Noble Fir has good needle holding properties. It is a popular choice because of the more open branching and great shape, which makes it ideal for showing off larger decorations. It can display all the characteristics of the perfect Christmas tree but is, however, notoriously difficult to grow.
Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)
6ft only | Also available as a pot grown Christmas tree
The Blue Spruce has a classic shape and a beautiful hue, making it a great centrepiece to any Christmas. The colour can vary from silvery-green to a stunning steel blue. This is a pretty and symmetrical variety with dense branches. It holds its needles slightly better than the Norway Spruce if watered regularly, but you may need to wear gloves when handling as the needles can be sharper than other species.
"We always buy a Hillier tree as assured good quality" - Gardening Club member feedback
Cut trees have traditionally been the more popular Christmas tree choice. In recent years, though, we have seen a growing interest in pot-grown trees. These are often chosen as a second tree, given a prominent spot by the front door or home. After Christmas, they can either be re-potted and used for future Christmases or planted out in the garden.
Whatever size and style of tree you opt for, follow our tips and choose the perfect one for you:
"Beautiful tree, thick and lush. Very happy with it" - Gardening Club member feedback
The Story of Our Christmas Trees
Would you like to know more about where our Christmas trees come from and how they are grown? Read the story of our Christmas trees - a decade in the making.
As with all living things, you need to give your tree a little love at home to keep it at its best.
Caring for Cut Trees
Cut trees will naturally lose a few needles, but some simple steps should stop them losing too many.
Once Christmas is over, don't forget to check the dates for the Christmas tree recycling scheme from your local council (if they offer one).