|Needle Length||¾”- 1¼”|
|Needle Shape||Medium-short and stubby|
|Needle Gloss||Very Shiny|
|Max. Ornament Weight||Heavy ornaments and lights|
|Needle Retention*||Poor and inconsistent|
|Grown on the farm?||Yes|
|Available as||Pre-cut only|
* Gauged by the number of needles retained on January 1st by a tree cut on Thanksgiving and well cared for thereafter. Poor does not mean the tree will simply be a bunch of barren twigs – it will still look presentable, but significantly sparser than when it was cut.
In almost every respect, Nordmann Firs are alike to Fraser Firs. Happily, however, Nordmann Firs can be grown in Kentucky, albeit with some difficulty. As with Frasers, Nordmanns grow into a naturally good Christmas tree pyramid with only a minimum of pruning. A rather fetching deep green color shows on the top of the needles, and some white is to be seen beneath, though the contrast in not as sharp as in Frasers. Like Frasers, the branches of a Nordmann will support most small wrecking balls (e.g. heavy ornaments and lights are fine). The fragrance of Nordmanns is strong, but less intense than Frasers, which could be a good thing for those with allergies. Foliage can be anywhere from medium to dense (see photos).
We believe we are currently the only Christmas tree farm in Kentucky with full-grown Nordmann Firs. The species originates from a region including the countries Georgia, Abkhazia, and northern Turkey. Of all retail Christmas trees sold in the U.S.A., this species has perhaps a wild range the closest to Nazareth and Jerusalem. There is a pleasing aspect to the idea of bringing home a tree whose forebears took root not so far from those antique soils that once felt the footsteps of Christ.
Price and Availability
We grow Nordmann Fir on a part of the farm that is difficult to access, so we cut them ourselves and bring them to the Christmas Center to sell as pre-cut.
1We measure Christmas tree size as the height from the cut to the topmost whorl of branches just below the leader. We measure dug trees from the ground to the topmost whorl.
2Prices do not indicate trees of that size are available. (We wish we could keep our website updated enough for that, but cannot.) Please call ahead to verify our stock and, if desired, reserve a pre-cut tree. Note that we will only hold trees until same-day close of business.