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Artificial Trees Buying Guide

Some homeowners prefer them for the lack of mess, while others like them because of the absence of allergy concerns. If you prefer artificial trees at Christmastime, you'll be rewarded. The newest artificial trees are designed to last longer, look more realistic, and meet various size needs. Read on for key differences in artificial trees.

Types of Artificial Trees

Types of Artificial Trees

The type of artificial tree you prefer depends on your holiday decorating preferences as well as how much it matters to you that the tree resembles the real thing. For homeowners who prefer a more realistic look, there are natural-looking versions; the type of material used to make an artificial tree will affect how it looks. Artificial trees also come unlit or pre-lit, as well as flocked or accented, which can add an unexpected touch to holiday decorating. Here are the types of artificial trees to consider.

Pre-lit vs. Unlit

Artificial trees may be unlit or strung with pre-attached lights that are either white or multicolor. Pre-lit trees tend to be more expensive; those with a "continuous on" feature will stay lit even if one bulb burns out.

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Vickerman
$439.99 $626.18
at Hayneedle

With its lovely shape, the Pre-lit Clear Light 6.5-Foot Camdon Fir Tree will make only the best impression. The thick PVC branches... boast 1270 tips woven with 600 clear mini lights. Placed in a corner or window, this tree will shine with holiday spirit. read more

Vickerman
$169.99 $209.99
at Hayneedle

Add a touch of holiday color to your home with the 38-inch wide Pre-lit Multi Light 4.5-Foot White Spruce Tree. Sliding into any c...orner, the 4.5-foot-tall tree has 438 tips to give it a realistic look. With 250 colored mini lights, this tree will easily be the focal point of your holiday decorations. read more

Vickerman
$229.99
at Target

Celebrate the holidays in style with this prelit tree. With its faux berries, snow and pinecones, this slim tree brings an outdoor... feel to your interior decor. This natural-looking tree stands seven feet tall and includes 350 clear mini lights. Includes: Tree StandFeatures: Indoor, Pre-LitPlant Variety: Pine, BerriesPlant Shape: SlimFaux Floral Material: PVC, TwigNumber of Tree Tips: 744 Light Bulb Color: ClearLight Bulb Count: 350 Light Bulb Type: MiniPower Source: ElectricDimensions: 7.0 ' H x 42.0 " W x 42.0 " D Stand Dimensions: 7.0 " H x 21.0 " W x 21.0 " L x 0.88 " Dia Weight: 24.0 Lb.Battery: no battery usedAssembly Details: assembly required, no tools neededHome Accessory Placement: Floor read more

Vickerman
$79.99 $89.66
at Hayneedle

Perfect for a small corner or table, the Pre-lit Clear Light 3-Foot Flocked Alpine Tree will bring a little bit of winter to the i...ndoors. With its 142 flocked tips, this tree has 50 clear mini lights woven into its branches. The full shape of this alpine tree offers ample room for all of your favorite ornaments. read more

Natural

Many artificial trees resemble real ones in appearance, with evergreenlike branches and coloring. These allow homeowners to accent the tree any way they see fit.

Flocked or Accented

Flocked or accented artificial trees appear to be dusted, to varying degrees, with snow or glitter. Additional accents may include pinecones or berries that are permanently affixed.

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Vickerman

This beautiful white tree has white needles and white flock. The in-and-out shape along with the white backdrop are made to showca...se your prized ornaments. The wide angle LED lights are much more energy-efficient and durable than standard mini lights. read more

Vickerman

The branches look heavy with snow accumulation on the branches. The large space beneath the branches allow your decorations to han...g freely. The full profile makes a grand statement. read more

Vickerman

This beautiful white tree has white needles and white flock. The in-and-out shape along with the white backdrop are made to showca...se your prized ornaments. The DuraLit lights saves time and frustration with setup each year. read more

Vickerman
$2,897.00 $3,707.00
at Christmas Tree For Me

The branches look heavy with snow accumulation on the branches. The large space beneath the branches allow your decorations to han...g freely. The full profile makes a grand statement. read more

Material

All artificial trees are made from PVC or PE plastic. The needles on PVC artificial trees are attached with wires, while PE trees better resemble real-tree needles and branches. In addition, the center pole of an artificial tree is either plastic or metal.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

From tabletop to centerpiece of a room, an artificial tree can accent a variety of spaces and lend itself to virtually every decorating scheme. However, before you purchase an artificial tree, it's important to review certain purchase considerations to enhance your enjoyment. Those include the tree's height and width; its branch type; the price; warranty; stand and accessories; and whether it's fire-retardant or fade-resistant. Here's an overview of what to think about before you buy.

Height and Width

Artificial trees generally come in full, slim, or pencil widths. Height varies considerably and usually at 6-inch increments. The smallest versions are tabletop trees, while the tallest can reach about 12 feet.

Branch Type

Artificial trees are crafted to resemble real trees, including common varieties such as pine and fir. Branches of artificial trees will be hinged (permanently affixed) or hook-in, which hook into specific spots on a tree and take more time to assemble. Tip count or density will affect how full the artificial tree looks.

Price

The price of artificial trees is affected by different factors, including quality, height, branch type, and accents. Artificial trees may also be ordered in custom sizes, which can increase the price.

Warranty

Most artificial trees are designed to last about 10 years. However, you may want to research whether your artificial tree comes with a warranty that guarantees its lifespan and durability.

Stand and Accessories

Many trees come with a stand, which is typically metal or plastic, as well as a storage bag, which can improve convenience.

Fire-Retardant and Fade-Resistant

Choose a tree that is both fire-retardant and fade-resistant to withstand conditions inside your home.

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Spode
$31.29 $40.00
at Casa

Spode Christmas Tree Pierced Square Tray Spode christmas tree has graced tables all over the world since 1938. The pattern has bec...ome a family tradition and features a traditional christmas tree design. Each year this beautifully classic pattern heralds the beginning of a season of family and friends gathering, and seasonal entertaining. This beautifully delicate new 8-inch square tray is the perfect gift for all. ?1 7-1/2-Inch square pierced plate ?Earthenware ?Christmas tree pattern with holiday green trim ?Hand wash recommended Dimensions: 7.5? x 7.5? x 1?. read more

Spode Christmas Tree Pierced Square Tray
Ballard Designs
$34.99-$69.00 $69.00
at Ballard Designs

A warm, neutral alternative to traditional red and green, our Fringed Burlap Christmas Tree Skirt adds great natural texture that ...works beautifully with any decor season after season. This Ballard classic is hand sewn of textured 100% burlap with 4" fringe. Fringed Burlap Tree Skirt features: Tie closures Off?White cotton duck backing *Monogramming available for an additional charge. *Allow 3 to 5 days for monogramming plus shipping time. *Please note that personalized items are non-returnable. read more

Fringed Burlap Tree Skirt- 72 in.
Merske
$78.99 $103.49
at Overstock.com

Add some Christmas cheer this season with this shimmering fiber optic tree. With a solid base and top star, this tree is the perfe...ct way to celebrate the holidays. 36 inches high Fiber optic tree 20 inches in diameter Ply: Eleven 11 125 tips 20 LEDs Top star included Gold base Materials: Synthetic material, plastic, electrical components Imported read more

36-inch Multi-color LED Fiber Optic Christmas Tree
Spode
$31.29 $40.00
at Casa

Spode Christmas Tree Pierced Square Tray Spode christmas tree has graced tables all over the world since 1938. The pattern has bec...ome a family tradition and features a traditional christmas tree design. Each year this beautifully classic pattern heralds the beginning of a season of family and friends gathering, and seasonal entertaining. This beautifully delicate new 8-inch square tray is the perfect gift for all. ?1 7-1/2-Inch square pierced plate ?Earthenware ?Christmas tree pattern with holiday green trim ?Hand wash recommended Dimensions: 7.5? x 7.5? x 1?. read more

Spode Christmas Tree Pierced Square Tray
Merske
$96.99 $126.28
at Overstock.com

Add some Christmas cheer this season with this four-foot tree. With shining colors and a shiny gold base, this tree is the perfect... way to celebrate the holidays. 48 inches high Fiber optic tree 25 inches in diameter Fourteen 14 ply 175 tips Top star included Gold base Materials: Synthetic material, plastic, electrical components Imported read more

48-inch Multi-color LED Fiber Optic Tree
National Tree Company
$51.86 $82.00
at Wayfair

Features: Decorative gold column base Single bulb operation Faceted bulbs with multicolor lights Super bright array of ever-changi...ng colors read more

Fiber Optic Ice 3' Green Artificial Christmas Tree with Multi-Color Lights with Base
Textiles Plus Inc.
$12.25 $29.99
at Wayfair

Features: Material: 100% Cotton Perfect décor to Christmas theme Machine washable Do not bleach Dimensions: Overall Product Weight...: 1.5 Pounds read more

Christmas Tree Skirt
Chooty and Co.
$52.98 $74.99
at Hayneedle

The Chooty and Co Zebra Tree Skirt takes your Christmas tree for a walk on the wild side. Just what you've been wanting to shake u...p the holidays, this tree skirt features a fun black and white zebra pattern. This round, 53-inch diameter tree skirt made of 65% polyester and 35% cotton. To keep its beauty, hand- or spot-clean. About Chooty and Co. A lifelong dream of running a textile manufacturing business came to life in 2009 for Connie Garrett of Chooty and Co. This achievement was kicked off in September of '09 with the purchase of Blanket Barons, well known for their imported "soft as mink" baby blankets and equally alluring adult coverlets. Chooty's busy manufacturing facility, located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, utilizes a talented team to offer the blankets in many new fashion-forward patterns and solids. They've also added hundreds of Made in the USA textile products, including accent pillows, table linens, shower curtains, duvet sets, window curtains, and pet beds. Chooty and Co. operates on one simple principle: "What is best for our customer is also best for our company." read more

Chooty and Co Zebra Tree Skirt
Chooty and Co.
$41.98 $59.99
at Hayneedle

A modern classic, the Chooty and Co Ikat Dot Tree Skirt adds style to your Christmas tree. This tree skirt features a festive red ...background with stylish Ikat dots in winter white. This round, 53-inch diameter tree skirt is made of 100% cotton. It should be hand- or spot-cleaned to keep its beauty. About Chooty and Co. A lifelong dream of running a textile manufacturing business came to life in 2009 for Connie Garrett of Chooty and Co. This achievement was kicked off in September of '09 with the purchase of Blanket Barons, well known for their imported "soft as mink" baby blankets and equally alluring adult coverlets. Chooty's busy manufacturing facility, located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, utilizes a talented team to offer the blankets in many new fashion-forward patterns and solids. They've also added hundreds of Made in the USA textile products, including accent pillows, table linens, shower curtains, duvet sets, window curtains, and pet beds. Chooty and Co. operates on one simple principle: "What is best for our customer is also best for our company." read more

Chooty and Co Ikat Dot Tree Skirt
Chooty and Co.
$49.00 $100.00
at Wayfair

Features: Hemmed Velcro closure Custom made In Council Bluffs, Iowa Dimensions: Overall Product Weight: 2 Pounds

Shimmer Silver 51" Round, Hemmed Tree Skirt
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