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Choosing the Perfect Tree: Different Types of Artificial Christmas Trees

Posted by Jared Hendricks on May 24, 2024

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Discover the ideal artificial Christmas tree for your holiday celebrations. This guide covers various types, materials, and designs, helping you choose the perfect tree to suit your space and preferences.

As the holiday season approaches, the excitement to decorate and celebrate becomes palpable. Whether you're decking out your first apartment or looking to upgrade your seasoned setup, selecting the right type of artificial Christmas tree can set the tone for your holiday cheer. Today, artificial Christmas trees offer a convenient, eco-friendly, and versatile alternative, bringing the same joy with fewer hassles.  

In this blog, we’ll explore the various types of artificial Christmas trees available on the market. From traditional PVC models that mimic lush evergreens to modern fiber optic trees that sparkle with integrated lights, there’s a tree for every taste and theme. Understanding the different types of artificial Christmas tree branches and materials can help you make an informed decision that aligns with your holiday décor goals and personal preferences.  

Keep reading to uncover an array of options and find the perfect centerpiece for your holiday celebrations.

Why Choose an Artificial Christmas Tree? 

Deciding between a real or artificial Christmas tree is fundamentally a matter of preference. Many families choose real trees to maintain their annual holiday traditions. Others simply love the scent of a real evergreen tree. 

If you’re still in the process of creating traditions or tend to decorate with multiple trees, there are many advantages to choosing an artificial tree that may supersede sentiment. These include: 

  • Longevity: According to the National Wildlife Federation, one artificial Christmas tree can have a lifespan of up to ten years. Plus, your artificial tree becomes the more eco-friendly option if you use it for a minimum of five years. Not only can you feel good about your environmental impact, but you won’t have to worry about acquiring a new tree for an entire decade!
  • Hypoallergenic: If you choose a live Christmas tree, you’re bringing organic plant matter into your home. According to UCLA Health, many people who suffer from allergies may be allergic to their Christmas tree! This is known as “Christmas Tree Syndrome.” Choosing an artificial tree ensures you aren’t bringing allergens into your home. 
  • Cleanliness: Live trees are lovely until those needles begin to fall, and suddenly, you’re stuck sweeping every day to keep your home free from mess. In some ways, an artificial tree is even more “evergreen” than your average fir! They won’t shed or drop needles, eliminating a lot of cleaning and work.
  • Critter-free: While there’s no accounting for curious house cats, carefully stored artificial trees are far less likely to come with critters. You’ll see fewer bugs on your tree, including spiders and mites. You’re also less likely to attract mice and other furry friends. 

Understanding the Different Types of Artificial Christmas Trees  

A row of different artificial Christmas trees, with and without lights

Not all artificial Christmas trees are created equal. You’ll still have choices to make when you head to the store to select your perfect holiday centerpiece. Here is a breakdown of different kinds of artificial Christmas trees based on material, design, and branch style.  

Types of Artificial Trees Based on Material  

  • PVC Trees: A PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) tree is what many call a “traditional” Christmas tree. They may not look the most realistic, but many love their nostalgic appearance and choose them for their vintage feel. They also tend to be more cost-effective than more modern or realistic-looking alternatives.
  • PE Trees: Today, most realistic-looking artificial trees are made with PE (Polyethylene). The needles are typically made individually through an injection molding process. Often, PE trees can pass for real Christmas trees. However, they tend to have a higher price point.
  • Fiber Optic Trees: Fiber optic trees use integrated lights to create a dazzling effect. The light appears to come from the tree itself rather than from external mini lights or bulbs. These trees come in many shades and even color-changing varieties.  

Types of Artificial Trees Based on Design  

  • Pre-Lit Trees: Pre-lit trees come with pre-installed lights. While they take the work out of decorating, they may limit your décor choices from year to year. 
  • Flocked Trees: Flocking lends trees an artificial snow-covered look. It can add some additional rustic, seasonal ambiance to your décor. Otherwise, you can decorate a flocked tree like any other Christmas tree. 
  • Tinsel Trees: Tinsel trees, or “shiny trees,” have a retro vibe. They are made with a shiny, metallic material and often come in fun or unique colors.  

Types of Artificial Christmas Tree Branches  

  • Hinged Branches: A hinged tree has pre-attached branches, requiring little time or effort during the setup process. All you need to do is fluff your tree and then decorate it.
  • Hooked Branches: A hooked tree requires you to actively make choices about the location of branches on your tree. While this offers increased flexibility, it does tend to be more time-consuming.   
  • Real-Feel™Technology: Some branches mimic the texture and flexibility of real tree branches. This is a great option for individuals who love the look of a real tree but struggle with allergies or upkeep.  

Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Tree  

In addition to the materials and designs above, different types of artificial Christmas trees come in different shapes and sizes. Consider the dimensions of your room when choosing your tree. A full tree might look excellent in a large living room, while a slim, pencil-style tree might look best in a smaller apartment. 

Also, don’t be afraid to choose a unique or out-of-the-box tree style if you feel it’s the best match for your personality or theme. A black, multicolored, or metallic tinsel tree can often complement existing home décor, creating a stunning festive scene. 

Finally, remember that there are many different lighting options available that can elevate even the most basic, traditional artificial tree. Unlit trees can give you more creativity and allow you to switch up your theme or color scheme year after year. Pre-lit trees can save you time and stress, allowing you to focus on your other seasonal traditions.  

Ultimately, the best type of artificial Christmas tree is the one that suits your space, budget, and aesthetic preferences. Once you choose your perfect tree, be sure to check out our tree storage collection! Whichever style you choose, you’re certain to have a wonderful Christmas season for years to come!  

Jared Hendricks
Jared Hendricks


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