traditional Christmas tree but tends to drop
its needles indoors. Native to central and southern Europe,
southern Scandinavia and the Balkans. Mature tree grows to 40 metres. Introduced
to Britain as early as 1548. Extensively planted as a forest tree in the
become very popular as a Christmas tree because it retains its needles well.
On mature trees, needles can remain alive for 26 years. Native to north-east
Turkey and Caucasus Mountains. Slow growing, mature tree grows to 35 metres.
First introduced to Britain in 1848.
pine has the widest natural range of any pine, growing right across northern
Europe and Asia. It is fast growing, eventually reaching 30 metres, and
grows well on poor sandy soils. Trees grown at Wakehurst Place are from
seed sources in Scotland, known to produce compact, dense young Christmas
Native to the Rocky Mountains, mature trees grow to 30 metres. It was introduced
to the UK in 1855 and growers like its resistance to pests and its ability
to grow well on poor wet soils.