The lifecycle of a real Christmas tree

The lifecycle of a real Christmas tree

From a simple seed to your sitting room

For many of us, putting up the Christmas tree is the first sign that the festive period is truly upon us.

But did you know, a Christmas tree was once an exclusive tradition of only the wealthy and elite? It was many years before the tradition filtered through to the lower classes. Throughout the years, the popularity of a Christmas tree began to increase, meaning the need for specialised real Christmas tree agriculture became apparent.

Your experience of Christmas trees may consist of placing some lovely decorations on it and collecting a pile of presents underneath it, but while you’re doing this the tree itself is coming towards the end of a journey that has spanned over a decade.


Christmas for you probably begins to wind down in early January, and by spring all that remains are a few Quality Street that no one wanted but no one wanted to throw away. For the agricultural industry, this is when the lifecycle starts with the planting of new tree seeds. The seeds are planted in well-drained, loamy (sandy) soil and are sown a good distance apart to make sure each tree has enough room to grow. Proper spacing of seedlings is crucial for airflow and to help prevent disease.

The early spring sees over 85 million trees planted worldwide, each year


Christmas trees can take between six – ten years to grow to full height. With many trees achieving heights of 7ft, this doesn’t happen overnight! Farmers take great care over these years to make sure all the trees look perfect from every angle, whilst managing challenging conditions, especially weather. In their first year, seedlings are watered once a week and over the next few years they are carefully shaped and pruned. Pruning also helps to provide excellent airflow through the crop and will make harvesting a lot easier.

Christmas trees take between six and ten years to grow to full height


Once the Christmas trees have reached full maturity, they are ready to harvest. This usually happens in the late Autumn/early Winter. They are placed in water to prevent drying up. Your tree farm then takes great care to net your tree and get it ready for you!

One hectare of Christmas trees produces enough oxygen for 45 people each day


The next step is getting the Christmas tree from tree farm to your home. This is where Fraser can help. If you have no car, no time, no inclination (or all of the above!) to get the tree into your home, purchasing from Fraser means you have a hassle-free solution; doorstep Christmas tree delivery of a Nordmann Fir in December, and collection of it in January. Buy now and let us make Christmas a tad more convenient for you.

In the UK, 90% of the population will put up a Christmas tree each year