Health – Make sure the plant looks happy and healthy, and free of pest and diseases.
Shape – Choose a tree with a pleasing shape (a symmetrical form is best) with good branches for attaching decorations.
Container – Most trees will come in a black plastic pot, so think about how you might decorate it, or find a nice ornate container of a suitable size to slip the pot into.
There are a number of Australian natives that make excellent Christmas trees. In the December issue, John Patrick profiles eight different natives. Grab your copy now.