The Nordmann Fir has become the most popular real Christmas tree here in the UK because of its excellent needle retaining qualities and soft foliage. It has taken over from the traditional Norway Spruce because it is better able to cope with warm indoor conditions.
The Nordmann Fir, or to give it its other names Caucasian Fir or Abies Nordmanniana, is indigenous to the mountains south and east of the Black Sea, in Turkey, Georgia and the Russian Caucasus.
It is very hardy and survives for long periods without water. It should however be put in a water-holding stand away from heat sources and watered daily to help it stay hydrated for as long as possible. It can drink up to a pint of water a day.