Succulent Christmas trees are the new festive trend to deck your halls with this year

With uncertainty surrounding how we will be able celebrate Christmas this year, it is looking increasingly likely we’ll be spending more time at home, which means we’ll be looking to go a bit extra on the festive decorations.

There’s a gorgeous Christmas tree trend emerging, which could help elevate our festive decor to whole new Insta-worthy heights.

Enter, succulent Christmas trees.

People have been decorating their succulents with lights, garlands and baubles for a festive vibe or more simply clustering the house plants together to create an entire “tree”.

Though the decor trend is not exactly new, with Instagram posts showcasing experiments with succulent trees dating back a couple of years, it seems the sweet little succulent trees are growing in popularity, perhaps due to people wanting to up their seasonal spirit this year.

Succulent Christmas trees are the new trend in seasonal decor and we're all over it! (Terracotta Corner/Etsy)
Succulent Christmas trees are the new trend in seasonal decor and we’re all over it! (Terracotta Corner/Etsy)

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Ideal for tabletops, coffee tables and even fireplaces, the compact trees won’t take up much space. But just because they’re small, don’t underestimate the festive punch they can pack, especially when adorned with lights or sweet little stars on top.

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You can DIY the succulent trees yourself, but if that sounds like all too much bother you can buy a perfectly formed example via Etsy.

Amanda Ryan is one seller providing the stunning seasonal creations, via the Etsy shop Terracotta Corner.

Each tree is built up of around 25-50 succulents and stands at 13 inches tall.

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“Mr Terracotta Corner, aka my husband, Dan, came up with the Alpine Succulent Tree,” Ryan tells Yahoo UK, explaining that she uses two varieties of succulents in her creations.

“He thought the little haworthia succulents would really resemble the snowy covered branches of a fir tree and we added the Echeveria ‘ornaments’ to add a splash of colour.”

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According to Ryan a succulent tree isn’t just for Christmas as they can be repotted as individual plants to add to your house plant collection once the festive period is over.

“The succulent trees are great not only through the holidays, but they can continue to grow and thrive either as part of the tree or removed as an addition to your garden,” she says.

You can buy the tress for £106.01 with shipping to the UK added on after.

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If you’ve been inspired to either make your own or buy a ready-made succulent tree this year, Meg Spink, plant doctor at Patch Plants, has some words of advice for keeping your seasonal spruce healthy.

“Succulents love the sun and don’t require a

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Anger over Leeds Marsden House student halls’ fire exit ‘tied shut’

A fire exit with wire wrapped around the gate

image copyrightRyan Gleeson

image captionThe fire exit at Marsden House in Leeds was secured with cable ties “to keep out non-resident students”, a student claims

The parent of a Leeds university student said he was “furious” that a fire exit at his son’s accommodation had been tied shut with cable ties.

Marsden House on Burley Road, Leeds, is home to about 900 students.

Ryan Gleeson, whose step-son is studying at Leeds Beckett University, posted a photo of the secured gate at the halls and alerted the fire service.

IQ Student, which manages the building, said it was investigating and student safety was its “highest priority”.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had “resolved the issue” after attending the site on Monday.

IQ Student said the gate was “one of several escape routes from the building and is 2m away from an escape route through reception, which is staffed around the clock”.

But students say the gate is also the main point of entry and exit to the halls.

Mr Gleeson’s step-son, who wishes to remain anonymous, said it had been secured shut “all day every day” for four days before the ties were removed.

image copyrightRyan Gleeson

image captionThe adjoining turnstiles had also been blocked to stop people getting in and out, the student said

He claimed he had witnessed security guards securing the gate to keep non-residents from entering the building.

“It doesn’t make us feel very safe when we’re paying so much money to be here. It seems like we’re paying for our own house arrest,” he said.

Mr Gleeson, from Blackpool, said: “I was furious. Absolutely livid that a halls of residence where people are in party mode and will undoubtedly be drinking are put in a greater risk of not being able to find a means of escape from a building and to a point of ultimate safety.

“I understand during fresher’s week students are not entirely blameless in creating a situation but this is an absolutely dangerous way to try and resolve it.”

The fire service said blocking a fire exit was illegal, dangerous, “reckless and puts lives at risk”.

A spokeswoman said IQ Student confirmed “they did not secure the exit” and it was working with the company “to ensure this does not happen again and to identify the individual(s) responsible for securing the exit closed”.

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