Artificial Christmas Trees

Artificial Christmas Trees - Artificial Christmas Trees

Quality artificial trees can last up to 10 years or more, offering years of use and enjoyment. They are available in a wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes, making it easy for you to find the perfect artificial tree for your needs. This guide will walk you through the different types of artificial trees so you can find the one that works best for you and your family.

Tip: Measure the area (width and height) in your home where you plan to set up your Christmas tree before shopping so that you can purchase the correct size. Make sure to include room for your tree topper.

Safety: Always turn off lights when you are not at home or before you go to bed. Consider an automatic timer that can be used to turn your lights on and off at specific times of day.

Choose between pre-lit, flocked, outdoor artificial trees and more. Consider the tree diameter when selecting a tree to fit your room. Slim or pencil-width trees work great in foyers, dining rooms and as secondary trees.

PVC trees - Artificial Christmas Trees

PVC trees

  • PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is the material from which most artificial trees are made.
  • PVC trees feature needles cut into a flat needle-like shape from sheets of compressed PVC that are then added to the branches of the tree.
PE Trees - Artificial Christmas Trees

PE trees

  • PE, or polyethylene, trees feature 3D needles made from molded plastic added to branches that are very realistic in appearance, even up close.
  • They closely mimic the density and thickness of a real tree branch.
Pre-lit Trees - Artificial Christmas Trees

Pre-lit trees

  • Pre-lit trees come with white or multicolored incandescent or LED lights already wrapped around the branches, so there are no tangled strands to contend with.
  • Trees featuring dual-color lights let you switch from soft white to multicolor lights with the touch a button, and some can even be synced to blink with your music.
  • The Home Depot also carries trees that feature continuous-on lights, so if a bulb happens to burn out, the rest stay lit. And most pre-lit trees also include replacement bulbs.
  • Pre-lit, quick-set trees allow you to set up and light your tree in less than 5 minutes. Light plugs are located inside the pole, making assembly quick and easy.
Flocked Trees - Artificial Christmas Trees

Flocked trees

  • Flocked trees feature a frosting that is designed to look as if the tree branches are covered with snow.
  • These trees are available with or without lights and add an extra dash of old-world charm to your holiday décor.
  • Other models feature glitter instead of snow, but offer a similar effect.
Commercial Trees - Artificial Christmas Trees

Commercial & outdoor trees

  • Commercial and outdoor trees are perfect for displaying the Christmas spirit in large public areas such as office buildings, malls, shopping centers and schools.
  • Some models are pre-lit while others need your decorating skills for a touch of holiday cheer.
  • Trees designed for outdoor placement should be weather- and UV-resistant for durability.

Shaping is the process of forming the individual branches to create a full, natural look. It is accomplished by bending the wires attached to each branch to provide uniform coverage.

  • Position the branches so the tips bend upward in a slight arc for better support of hanging ornaments.
  • Hinge trees may consist of multiple sections that need to be connected together.
  • Shape branches as you go for a more natural look.
  • Stagger the branches as you bend the wire to fill in all spaces and prevent holes.
  • Always inspect light strands and electrical cords for signs of damage or wear before use.
  • Replace any light strings that appear frayed or worn with new lights.
  • Be careful not to overload electrical circuits, and do not string more light cords together than the manufacturer recommends.
  • Special storage bags keep out dust and insects away from your artificial tree during storage months.
  • Wrap lights around a spool or piece of cardboard to prevent them from becoming tangled.
  • Ornament storage boxes designed to hold decorations help keep them safe and organized.

While the convenience of a pre-lit tree is appealing, many still prefer to string their own Christmas lights. On average, you’ll need about 100 incandescent lights per foot of tree for solid coverage; you’ll need fewer with LED lights. 

Find out how many Christmas lights you may need.

Safety: Whether you are getting a pre-lit tree or stringing your own lights, look for bulbs that have burn-out protection and no-twist sockets, so one faulty or twisted bulb won’t keep the rest of the lights from shining on your tree.

When shopping for an artificial Christmas tree, consider these options:

  • Sculpted Tips: Branches featuring sculpted tips more closely resemble the natural look of real trees for a more convincing imitation.
  • Warranty: Artificial trees often carry a warranty guaranteeing their use for a specified number of years.
  • UL-Listed Lights: UL stands for Underwriters Laboratory, an independent testing agency that makes sure lights are safe for use under the designated circumstances.
  • Commercial Trees: For outdoor applications or larger indoor environments, commercial Christmas trees feature more durable construction and assembly for heavy-duty use. Commercial trees are typically classified as being 12 feet or more in height.