Our UK Grown Real Christmas Tree Range

One of our favourite times of year at Hillier Garden Centres is when thousands of real Christmas trees arrive safely at our Centres. In a flurry of festive excitement, our magical real tree forests are then set up, ready for you to explore. 

Make a date in your diary to pick your Christmas tree - they will be making their journeys to us in late November, ready for their final resting spot in your home. We have a fantastic range of premium quality, UK grown trees, including the much-loved Nordmann Fir or, if you're feeling adventurous, new varieties to try this year. All our trees have been hand-picked by our horticultural experts from our dedicated UK Christmas tree growers. 

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, then carry it to your car. Stay a little longer and hunt out the many other botanical treasures in our atmospheric Christmas tree forests, from real foliage wreaths to containers bursting with winter colour. 

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

Nordmann Fir is the most popular variety of real Christmas tree in the UK and for good reason. Its foliage is glossy and rich dark-green in colour, held on tiered branches that are ideal for displaying decorations. The needles are soft and renowned for not dropping, offering weeks of beautiful display if cared for. 

Cut Slim Nordmann Fir

Sizes from 6ft - 7ft

Introduced to our Christmas tree range in 2018, the slim Nordmann has proved an instant hit. Its narrow, upright form makes it an ideal choice for smaller spaces, or for those who love the height of their tree but prefer it not to take up so much space with the width.

Cut Norway Spruce (Picea abies)

6ft only

The traditional Christmas tree, with a compact and bushy shape. Norway Spruce has an excellent green colour of foliage and reddish bark, along with an appealing pine fragrance. To ensure good needle retention, it must be well watered at home.

Cut Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri)

Sizes from 6ft - 7ft

The Fraser Fir is a compact tree, making it a good choice for smaller rooms. This delightfully scented Christmas tree has densely packed branches and the green needles are a pretty silver underneath. It keeps its needles well, helping you enjoy a long Christmas tree season.

Noble Fir (Abies nobilis)

6ft only

A very attractive Christmas tree variety with elegant tiered branches, like a wedding cake, making it a fantastic tree for showing off decorations. It has a soft blue-green needle colour and good needle retention. 

NEW FOR 2019: Korean Fir (Abies koreana)

6ft only

Originally native to the mountains of South Korea, the Korean Fir offers densely packed dark green needles with silver underneath. These needles are wide and soft, helping to give the tree an even conical appearance. It has an outstanding festive scent that will fill your home.   

NEW FOR 2019: Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)

6ft only

The Blue Spruce is a striking and unusual variety. The needles vary from silver-green to icy blue, with the exact colour determined by the weather – the colder it is as it grows, the bluer it gets. The needles are a little sharper than on other tree varieties, so this could be an ideal choice for an outdoor tree.  

Pot Grown Trees

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.

View our range of pot grown Christmas trees here.

How to Pick the Perfect Tree

Whatever size and style of tree you opt for, follow our tips and choose the perfect one for you:

  • Check the tree thoroughly before purchasing. Don’t buy a tree that is already wrapped
  • Know the height and width of the space you will put it in. Many people are conscious of height but less aware of the available width. Don’t forget to allow room for your tree topper!
  • Look for nicely layered branches without damage (not that you will find damaged branches on a Hillier tree!)
  • Glossy colour indicates the tree has not dried out

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 from seed to stand.

Caring for your Christmas Tree at Home 

As with all living things, you need to give your tree a little love at home to keep it at its best.

  • Once you get your Christmas tree home, cut two to three inches off the bottom of the trunk, un-net it and leave it outside in a bucket of water for 12 to 24 hours before bringing inside (for indoor trees). It is important to cut this small amount off to ensure the tree takes up all the water it needs, as the original cut made in the field will have ‘healed over’
  • Don’t position indoor trees by a radiator or they will dry out. Or, if you need to, turn the radiator off!
  • Trees are thirsty things, so water yours weekly. Be sure to choose a stand for your Christmas tree that comes complete with a water reservoir

Christmas Tree varieties may vary by centre, please check your local Hillier Garden Centre for range and availability of all real cut Christmas trees.