Around 8.5 million real Christmas trees are sold in Britain every year. To help make your purchase easier we've put together an at-a-glance guide on how to choose a Christmas tree and find out how they 'perform'. Just click through the gallery to discover your options...
Also known as the picea abies - around 2 million of these are sold every year in the UK. This is the traditional British Christmas tree, but it has declined in popularity because its needles tend to drop - particularly in centrally heated homes. It's a good looking tree, with a pleasant smell and easy to dress. It is also cheap. Expect to spend between £20 and £30 on a two metre-high tree.
Also known as abies nordmaniana - around five million of these are sold in the UK every year. And this tree is growing in popularity. It has a good Christmas tree shape and a good dark colour. It holds needles well, even after a few weeks. Expect to spend between £35 and £50 on a two metre-high tree.
Also known as the abies procera - around 100,000 of these are sold a year in the UK. Attractive colour - the needles are deep green on top and blue grey underneath. Hard to obtain because they are only grown for the UK market in West Wales. Expect to spend between £45 and £50 on a two metre-high tree.
Also known as abies fraseri - around one million of these are sold a year in the UK. This is the traditional tree sold in the USA. It has silver/green needles and a strong scent. It's tall and narrow, so useful for smaller, modern homes. Expect to spend between £30 and £50 on a two metre-high tree.
Around 150,000 Lodgepole pines (pinus contora) and 200,000 Scots pines (pinus sylvestris) are sold in the UK a year - mainly in Scotland. These are attractive, but the branches are close together and slightly harder to dress. Expect to spend between £30 and £40 on a two metre-high tree.
Blue Spruce (picea pungens glauca) has very attractive blue grey needles and a narrow triangular shape. This holds its needles exceptionally well. Serbian Spruce (picea omorika, pictured) has blue green needles and is a little more slender and graceful shape. Expect to spend £40 on a two metre-high spruce.
Living potted trees are increasingly popular - around one million are sold a year. These can be planted in the garden when Christmas is over. This sounds environmentally friendly, but think carefully: do you really need a gigantic connifer in your garden - they do grow rather large. Containerised trees cost around £10 more than cut trees of the same species.