How to Choose the Right Christmas Tree for Ornaments

With a vast range of choices available, there are artificial trees to meet most tastes and needs. Your key decisions will be size (as covered above), pre-lit or not, and traditional vs. unique.

Pre-lit or Unlit?

You can choose between pre-lit artificial Christmas trees and trees that do not come with lights. It is easier and more convenient to have the lights included, but they do add to the tree’s cost. Another point to consider is that the artificial tree itself will last longer than the lights; many warranties reflect this fact, with the tree guaranteed for 10 or more years and lights covered for about three. If you choose a pre-lit tree, your main options will be clear or multi-color lights. For many, the appeal of artificial trees is that they save time and are ready-to-go, making pre-lit trees the most popular choice and a desirable option.

Traditional/Realistic Appearance

Traditional artificial trees are made to look like real trees; the higher the tree quality, the more it will succeed at looking natural. These trees usually have dense branches in a medium to dark green color. You'll be able to choose between options that mirror the appearance of numerous tree species, including Alaska Firs, Norway Spruces, Montana Pines, and many more. Heights vary from table-top up to 20 feet and more, with four and a half to 10 feet being the most common. They are available in slim to full shapes.

Unique Trees

Unique trees defy classification. In the realm of unique looks, there are upside down trees, spiral trees, revolving and sparkling fiber optic trees, trees with metallic tinsel needles, sculpted metal trees, and more, in various color and size choices. Some people choose a unique tree in tight spaces, where a traditional full tree just won't work, or as a second decorative tree, perhaps to add a festive spirit to another room or table-top. These trees can be beautiful, vibrant choices that attract attention.

Other Features and Considerations

Some trees include features such as pine cones or berries hanging from branches. Flocked and frosted trees offer a snow-touched look, though keep in mind that the white accents tend to yellow over time.

Your taste in ornaments can affect your tree and light choice. If you have simple ornaments of consistent solid colors, multi-color lights can complement them well. If your ornaments are ornate or varied, the subtle backdrop of clear lights on a fairly conservative tree may be a better look. White trees are known for providing a great backdrop for darker colored ornaments.

The heavier your ornaments are, the sturdier the tree branches need to be. Likewise, the more numerous your ornaments are, the more branches you'll need to support them.

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