Picea omorica (Serbian Spruce)
Serbian Spruce or ‘Picea omorika’ is a slightly smaller growing relative of the Norway Spruce. It is a beautiful compact tree with a slender habit that makes it ideal for use in smaller spaces. The dense green foliage is soft with bluey silver undersides which helps create a bright and interesting hue.
The Serbian Spruces colour palette stands out well and can be extremely effective and eye catching when decorated minimally making it an excellent choice where simplicity and elegance is key. This Spruce produces a pleasant rich aroma that will fill your home with wonderful scents of the forest at Christmas.
Each tree is unique and will naturally vary in appearance.
Although the root system is not as good as those trees grown for planting out directly into the garden (which are more expensive) it is well worth the effort to care for your tree because we think (particularly with the smaller trees) you still stand a decent chance of being able to plant out in the garden after Christmas (success cannot be guaranteed). The trick is, as with all rooted Christmas Trees, to keep them in the house for as short a time as possible, away from radiators & open fires & to keep them moist by watering regularly.
If you do decide to plant out ensure its at least 5 meters from the house and 3 meters away from your driveway. Although slow growing, Silver fir do grow to large trees so its important to bear in mind when planting out.
The pots supplied are intended to keep some soil around the roots of the trees that have been trimmed to get them into the pot. We recommend you re-pot the tree into a larger pot, a half barrel or other suitable containers to help to stabilise the tree whilst in your home. Please unpack your tree outside where possible.
Christmas Tree Size
Our Christmas trees are graded for height and marked up well in advance of cutting or digging. Your tree will be within the size range you ordered, if you want a guaranteed minimum then you are always best to order the next size up. It is always possible to reduce the size by cutting down at the base of the tree if it’s too big. Historically, we have measured our trees from the cut or the top of the pot/rootball to the middle of the leader (this is the centre branch where your star or fairy would go) so customers would have to factor this in plus the height of their adornment. Further, rootballed trees do not include the height of the rootball.
Following feedback from customers, despite the historic ‘trade’ way of measuring trees, we now measure full height to make it easier to determine the correct height of tree needed to fit in your desired room. All that needs to be allowed for now is the top adornment and the height of the stand the tree is put in and naturally that’s up to you to decide & add on. Depending on your stand you may need to remove some of the lowest branches to allow it to fit in the holder.
|Imperial (ft)||Metric (m)|
|2-3||0.61 - 0.91|
|3-4||0.91 - 1.22|
|4-5||1.22 - 1.52|
|5-6||1.52 - 1.83|
|6-7||1.83 - 2.13|
Cut/Potted Christmas Trees
Dependent on size, trees are supplied potted/rooted or cut. To ensure freshness, cut trees will have their rootball cut off as close to the dispatch date or be fresh cut directly out of the ground. Once received, it’s a good idea to keep it in a water holding stand. Our potted trees are not 'pot grown', they are dug from the field with a small rootball and placed into a non-decorative pot, as this helps the tree to remain fresher for longer over the festive period. It may be possible to plant it out after Christmas but there are no guarantees. Your Christmas tree should be kept away from radiators or any other direct source of heat, such as an open fire. Keep your potted tree well watered. The pots supplied with trees are plain black plastic pots and are not intended for decorative purposes, put them into a water tight pot before watering. We recommend you remove your tree from the packaging outside.
Should you want a tree that’s guaranteed to grow, consider buying a fully rootballed or potted tree direct from our garden centre or website.
Cut and potted Christmas trees are considered perishable goods and as such are exempt from return. All Christmas trees are exempt from our 12 month guarantee. This does not affect your statutory rights.