which is the most popular type of christmas tree sold in the uk, accounting for 80% of all sales?
By far the most popular option in the UK is the Nordmann Fir, making up 80 per cent of sales of trees in this country. But that may all be set to change, with the likes of the Douglas Fir and Fraser Firs, both fashionable in the USA, increasingly making their mark over here. Not everyone wants a cut tree either, with potted options becoming a more common choice.
The Nordmann fir is one of the most important species grown for Christmas trees, being favoured for its attractive foliage, with needles that are not sharp and do not drop readily when the tree dries out.
Abies nordmanniana, the Nordmann fir or Caucasian fir, is a fir indigenous to the mountains south and east of the Black Sea, in Turkey, Georgia, Russian Caucasus, north Armenia and northwest Azerbaijan. It occurs at altitudes of 900–2,200 m on mountains with a rainfall of over 1,000 mm.