UK Christmas Tree Farming – the Facts29th June 2020
We should know a thing or two about Christmas trees – At Galloway Woodlands Christmas Tree Farm we grow them! In fact, if there was a pub quiz about Christmas trees, we’re pretty sure we’d be in with a shout. Now that we’re just over half way to Christmas 2020, we’ve put together some fascinating facts about real Christmas trees.
- One of the most popular real Christmas trees is the Nordmann Fir – or to give it its Latin name – the Abies Nordmanniana.
- The Nordmann Fir was named after a Finnish biologist, Alexander Von Nordmann, who discovered it growing in Georgia, in the Caucasus, in 1838.
Attractive shape and foliage
- The noble Nordmann Fir is one of the most important species grown for Christmas trees, being favoured for its attractive foliage and shape. Its needles are not sharp and don’t drop readily when the tree dries out.
- Some of our Christmas trees can reach 8ft high, yet some specimens have been reported to grow to a massive 279ft (85m) in parts of Russia! We don’t recommend you try getting that in your living room…
- Mature Nordmann Firs can reach a trunk diameter of up to 2 metres.
- The needles have a ball and socket root which means they don’t fall out easily.
- The Nordmann Fir produces long greenish/ brown cones. The main function of a pine cone is to keep a pine tree’s seeds safe. Pine cones close their scales to protect the seeds from cold temperatures, wind, and animals that might try to eat them.
- Pine cones open up and release their seeds when it is warm which makes it easier for the seed to germinate
- The Nordmann Fir is commonly used for reforestation as a way to mitigate expected forest decline caused by climate changes.
- The wood is soft and white, ideal for general construction and paper.
Real Christmas trees Grown For UK Wholesale XMas tree Market
- At Galloway Woodlands our Nordmann Firs are grown for the UK Wholesale Xmas Tree Market. We shape and nurture them, year after year, to give the very best home-grown trees available.
Long, slow growth
- Growing a Nordmann fir to the ideal height is a long, slow process. It takes approximately 10 years for a Nordmann fir to reach 7ft in height, which is a very slow growth.
- The tree’s slow growth means that they have a large number of strong, healthy branches, as well as beautiful long, soft needles.
Galloway Woodlands Xmas Tree Farm supplies wholesale premium quality Christmas Trees to Retailers and Garden Centres across the UK. Look out for our Scottish grown Christmas trees this Christmas…