What Size Christmas Tree Do I Need?

A very common and understandable question for those who might’ve moved house, had children or have decided to decorate for Christmas for the first time is: “What size Christmas tree do I need?”

It’s not as simple as choosing a Christmas tree height that reaches the ceiling, as there are a few other things to bear in mind, but it’s a fairly easy question to answer.

Here are just a few tips on choosing the right size Christmas tree, to make the best use of the space you have available in your home or garden.

1. Start with the height

Choosing the right height Christmas tree is an obvious place to start, so measure from floor to ceiling if you’re choosing an indoor Christmas tree, and make sure you get one that will fit and, and more importantly, also allows for your decorations on top of the tree.

Buying a Christmas tree that’s too tall is one of the most common pitfalls, especially if you’ve just moved into a new-build property where ceilings are often a bit lower than in Victorian-era houses.

Equally, you might be surprised by how high your ceilings actually are, even in a mid-terrace or apartment, so it’s worth checking as Christmas trees are sold by height more than by any other measure.

2. Remember the width

The width of a Christmas tree also takes a lot of people by surprise, so think about where it will go in your room and how much space it will need.

As a rough guide, a 6.5ft Christmas tree has a diameter of about 4.5ft and a 7.5ft Christmas tree can measure over 5ft across, and of course they’re widest at the bottom.

If you’re decorating an indoor space with high ceilings but a small room, consider slim Christmas trees which take a few inches off the widest diameter, but still look great.

3. Space for decorations

Leave a little room for decorations. They usually won’t extend beyond the widest diameter of the tree, but it’s good to give them some ‘room to breathe’.

This makes sure you can decorate your tree from all sides, especially if it’s going to stand in front of a window.

It also means you’re less likely to knock any decorations off as you brush past your tree, and should allow it to look at its very best in rooms and gardens large and small.

4. From the stand to the star

When making your measurements, remember to take into account the full height of the tree, including its stand and skirt, all the way to the very top.

If you want to put a fairy, angel, star or any other creation on top, you’ll need to leave some room for this between the top of your tree and the ceiling.

Many trees include a branch at the very top to attach your Christmas tree topper to, in which case you might find a 6.5ft Christmas tree fits a 7ft ceiling height, a 7.5ft Christmas tree suits an 8ft room, and so on.

5. Unlit vs. prelit Christmas trees

Finally, consider getting prelit Christmas trees, which can be used indoors and are not just for gardens.

They’re faster to put up, as you only need to plug them in or fit batteries, and they should be ready to switch on immediately.

But they’re also much easier in confined spaces, where it can be hard to move around the tree to string up fairy lights – so if you’re decorating a smaller room, a slim prelit Christmas tree could be the best way to go for a stress-free run-up to Christmas!

Real Christmas Trees | Everything You Need To Know

A little information on the real Christmas trees we have in stock.

So what are the differences between the different types of real Christmas trees?

A pot grown Christmas tree is one which has been planted in a container as a seedling so that the root ball is completely encased in a pot and the tree is growing in a compost or growing medium.
A potted tree is one which has been grown in a field and when it has reached a reasonable size it’s been dug up and placed in a pot, Sometimes with compost sometimes with sand to weigh down the pot and keep the tree steady.
A pot grown tree has been grown in a pot from day one and so will have a full root structure.
A cut tree is usually a field grown specimen which during mid to late November is cut down and transported to garden centres.

So what are the advantages of each type?

If you want a tree that after Christmas has a chance of surviving until next year or can be planted out in the garden, you need to choose a pot grown tree. A potted tree might have a chance of surviving in the garden but that really depends on how much root has been chopped off when it was dug out of the ground and what kind of growing medium it was put in. (plus how you treat it while in the house).
A cut tree is dead or on its way to dying plant. Whatever you do, there is no way you will get it past the New Year.
Of course, a pot grown tree because the roots are being restricted, will be a lot smaller than the other types and almost certainly will cost you more, but providing you keep it watered it will survive after Christmas.
A potted tree in the same variety will cost less than a pot grown tree, and be slightly larger.
A Cut tree will be the cheapest of the 3 types when comparing the same variety, and you can also get larger specimens, but don’t forget they will need a support (preferably one to hold water to help retain needles). Those which are labelled needle-last tend to just be species that have larger needles, which can hold water better and will therefore keep the needles on the branches for longer. This means that your hoover doesn’t have to come out as many times over the Christmas period

Real Christmas trees available here at Mere Park:

Cut trees – Norway spruce and Nordmann fir
Pot grown – Norway spruce
Potted – Blue spruce