We offer four explanations for this piece of artistic licence:
1. The artist may think of trees weighed down by snow or even heavy baubles.
2. Some particularly impressive conifers, especially those found in northern latitudes or at high altitude where heavy snowfall is common, do display a pendulous habit.
3. The symmetry is more pleasing.
4. Tradition - perhaps arising from the Germanic origins of our Christmas trees in Victorian times (ie, acquired from a country where snow is more common and alpine habit more familiar).
The Forestry Commission does not have a tree-breeding programme to produce the idealised tree of artists, but we would encourage continued use of the real thing, rather than plastic substitutes, as far more environment friendly.
Chief Research Officer
The Forestry Authority
22 DecemberReuse content