When you think of a Christmas tree, you think of the Nordmann fir. Therefore, this Christmas greeting is centered on Abies nordmanniana.
To our delight, we are increasingly seeing the planting of a Christmas tree instead of a temporary tree that is destroyed after Christmas. This planting is a great way to dress up a place in a sustainable way.
The Nordmann fir lends itself perfectly to this. This is because the tree has the characteristic pyramidal shape of a Christmas tree. The horizontal branches are arranged in a wreath around the trunk and are sturdy enough to support Christmas lights and all kinds of Christmas decorations. In the Netherlands, the tree can reach a height of 25 to 30 meters, depending on its location.
The rest of the year
Without Christmas decorations, the Nordmann fir is best known for its silver-gray glow. The tree owes this to the typical two stripes of blue-white stomata on the underside of the needles. The shiny dark green needles add ornamental value. The upright cones that appear in autumn are also striking. They turn from green to brown and are about 15 cm long and 5 cm wide. When the cones are ripe, they fall apart. Therefore, you will never find complete cones under the tree.
The tree is native to the area around the Black Sea. Here, trees can grow up to 60 meters tall and as old as 500 years. Specimens as tall as 85 meters have been found in The Western Caucasus (UNESCO), making it the tallest tree in Europe. Abies nordmanniana is named after Finnish biologist Alexander von Nordmann (1803-1866). Nordmann discovered the tree in 1835 in present-day Georgia and introduced it to Western Europe in 1838.
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