Statement: Under new EC regulations, Christmas trees must be symmetrical in shape, with regularly spaced needles, have identical roots and be the same colour.
Response: This is untrue. There are absolutely no EC regulations concerning standardised Christmas trees. Nor have there been any proposals by the Commission along these lines. There are however “European Specifications for Christmas Trees” which have been drawn up by The Christmas Tree Growers Association of Western Europe with a view to improving the quality of their product and making their marketing within the EC all the easier. The initiative comes from its French and Danish members, who have adopted a series of specifications which classify Christmas trees into ten categories.