The Nordmann Fir is the most popular tree in Europe and is commonly grown in Germany and Norway. The Nordmann is gaining popularity in the U.S. because of its outstanding symmetrical form and relatively open branch structure with distinct whorls. The Nordmann is sheared and cultured in the U.S. which changes the natural characteristics of the tree. The needles are short, dark green that lay flat on the branch with a deep green silvery underside that is soft to the touch. It is considered a tree with long lasting qualities with minimal needle drop; although it does need to be displayed in water.