Alternative To The Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree is undoubtedly the most critical plant symbol of Christmas, but we can replace the traditional spruce or fir tree with other plants. Instead of a Christmas tree, we can use decorative leaves or flowers and give them the shape of a Christmas tree. See our ten ideas for an “alternative” Christmas.

A mini Christmas tree

White spruce ‘Conica’ variety is perfect as a miniature of a traditional Christmas tree. You can “dress it” with Christmas decorations, but it looks great only in the cup on a flowerpot. Tie it with a red ribbon to give the ornament a festive glow.

Spruce is a garden plant, and it can “play” the role of a Christmas tree only for a few days. Staying in a heated room for too long will harm its condition, shown quickly by dropping the needles. To prevent this from happening, place it outside and warm its pot to keep it safe until spring.

Live beads

Arrange the conifer branches in the shape of a Christmas tree and decorate them with delicate “beads” of Wood’s ceropegia leaves Ceropegia woodii ). It is a long climber with silver-green heart-shaped leaves. Hanging shoots resemble strings with beads. Introduce contrast by tying a tree with a colourful ribbon and hanging shiny baubles here and there.

Sprinkle the plant every few days with a mist of soft water.

A fancy tree

Blunt ficus is the so-called “fast Christmas tree” idea. You can replace it with a regular benjamin or another tall houseplant. Decorate his pot with Christmas ornaments or pine cones. You can turn them into a Christmas tree in no time. You can hang Christmas balls, stars or angels on the twigs.

Please do not place the ficus near the heater and tilt window because it is sensitive to too hot and dry air and too frosty drafts. Please don’t change it too often as it may shed leaves.

Airy exoticism

A vanilla Christmas tree? Yes, this exotic orchid – vanilla planifolia ( Vanilla planifolia ), is (not) a simple potted plant. Under natural conditions, it is an epiphyte and grows high in the treetops, hanging as a liana up to 10 meters. At home, it grows in a pot, and it can ride randomly or climb up support. Make a frame in the shape of a Christmas tree and arrange its delicate shoots on it. Instead of vanilla, you can use another climber – for example, homemade ivy or Scindapsus.

The substrate in the pot should always be slightly moist. It is a good idea to sprinkle the whole plant with soft water frequently.

Star tree

We can achieve an interesting effect by arranging pots with Bethlehem stars (poinsettias) in the shape of a Christmas tree. It is an excellent alternative to traditional spruce or fir and does not require additional decorations. A pyramid-shaped flower stand was used to prepare this composition. Thanks to the colourful bracts of the Bethlehem star, you can create a Christmas tree in any tone.

Arrangement care is as easy as preparing it. It is enough to water it regularly, and the plants will enjoy their appearance for a long time after the holidays.

Delicate elegance

Miniature white orchids ( Phalaenopsis ) for Christmas? It is a gardening extravaganza and something completely new. Cover the roots with moss and attach a wire to an old metal candlestick. Delicate flowers combined with candles attract attention. You can give red candles or different coloured orchids for contrast, but the white duo looks angelic.

Don’t light candles! They could then burn the plants. This is a typical decoration – only to be admired!

It was served on a tray.

The old plateau has a perfect “Christmas tree” shape, making it ideal for Christmas decorations. Use your imagination. Decorate it with your favourite plants – candlestick (aerophagia) and low plants with blue-green leaves reign here. However, you can introduce more colour by planting colourful poinsettias, flowering cumberers and cyclamens. Arrange bright baubles around the plants to reflect the light.

Christmas tree on the wall

Planks serving as shelves were attached to a black felt board from a DIY store. Fir twigs are placed at the top of the “Christmas tree” and its bottom – on a platform imitating a tree trunk. As for decorations, you can use your favourite indoor houseplants – cyclamens, papules, azaleas, fragrant hyacinths or others. In this case, cream poinsettias, family photos and decorative stars were used.

Regardless of whether the Christmas tree is leaning against the wall or dividing the room, it takes up little space, does not require care and – most importantly – impresses with its appearance.


Holly is an Anglo-Saxon symbol of Christmas, often entwined with wreaths and garlands. They do not need additional decorations. Their dark green leaves and red fruits are beautiful on their own. You can wrap them with a light one: a fluffy wreath, preferably white, silver or gold.

Holly bushes do not need any additional care. After a few days, the twigs will start to dry out and lose their shine.

Naked cypresses in the glass

These miniature conifers can be “dressed” – decorated with lamps and baubles like a traditional Christmas tree or “exposed” – taken out of the pot and exposed to the root system in a glass vase. If we lack additives, we can put tiny colourful beads, small chains or baubles into the vessel.

Instead of cypresses, you can use the very popular pre-Christmas cypresses, which have been on the shelves in hypermarkets for years before Christmas. Cypress trees in the spring can be transplanted into the garden, and the cypress should be left at home.