When you go out to the winter area, you observe exactly the view from which everything is started. That is, without lush summer greenery, with graphics of branches, snow-covered cereals, withered lawns, and dormant beds. In this picture, the New Year’sdecorative spruce for giving will fit in; overall, this winter silence and restrained flowers will reign with its festive lights.
But it’s not just about choosing the ideal future location. The fact is that many nurseries in the winter offer a discount on spring pre-orders. So this is a good time to reserve a seedling at a bargain price.
How to choose the type and variety
Christmas tree, fir, pine – which plant and which species? Despite the abundance of species and varieties of conifers. Here are the selection factors that are important to pay attention to.
1. Winter hardiness
This is, of course, the first selection criterion. It is good to take a seedling grown in our nursery. But even from Europe, they now bring a good assortment of trees that are quite suitable for our climate. Equally important is resistance to spring burns – consider whether you will have time to wrap the
2. The shape of the tree
Many will say that New Year is not the time for innovation, and the tree is not a suitable object for experiments. But, if you are ready for them, then why not choose a completely different shape as a New Year’sYear’s tree: on a high stem or weeping, with drooping branches, as in the photo.
The usual shape of the Christmas tree is conical. The more even and proportional the cone, the better. This form creates the image from Christmas and New Year cards: garlands lying on the branches in tiers, shining balls and tinsel, and a large star at the very top.
3. Color of needles
Given the number of varieties available, the shades of needles can vary. The traditional color is green, but there are many shades: from bright light green to dark green, almost black. In addition, there are blue, bluish, and grayish shades, as if the branches are covered with frost, needles with white tips – like Deisys White Canadian spruce (Picea glauca) or Lucifera Lucznik Siberian spruce (Picea obovata) – and sunny yellow shades.
4. The shape of the needles
The needles are of different shapes and lengths: shorter in spruce, long and bundled in pine, flattened in fir. How “fluffy” depends on the tree’s shape and how dense and impenetrable its crown will be.
5. Final size
The most important characteristic. Many conifers grow quite slowly. But years will pass – and your Christmas tree will reach such a size that you can only decorate the lower branches, and only shade-tolerant plants can be planted within a radius of three meters and from the north of it. Therefore, it is better to choose initially compact varieties and super slow-growing varieties.