Choosing Your Christmas Tree
Julie Parker
My interest in gardening & wildlife stemmed from childhood days spent working in the garden with my parents & reading books on anything from robins to giraffes. As time has moved on these influences have stayed with me inspiring the creation my own garden & leading to interests in fish keeping & the natural world around me. I still love to read & hope that the knowledge I gain will make topical reading through these articles.

How To Choose Your Artificial Christmas Tree

A good quality, realistic artificial tree can really enhance Christmas

We have a wide choice of Artificial Christmas Trees in a variety of sizes & price brackets to suit every pocket, but how do you choose your ideal tree? Our article on Feel-Real PE trees offers some advice on choosing the right size tree for your home & also explains the difference between PVC & PE trees. Having attended many Christmas trade fairs we must also point out that there is a difference between the standard of trees from one company to another. We only stock the best quality trees so you know that you can choose a tree from us with confidence. In fact our PVC trees have an expected life of at least 10 years & our PE/PVC trees at least 15 years & both come with our Lifetime Guarantee. Once you have looked at the practicality of what size tree you want & how much you have to spend, it all comes down to which trees you like the look of. This article will try to point out the features of the trees that we have on offer to help you compare these trees & make your final decision. Our Christmas blog also has lots of information about our trees & the different technologies available to make every year a Christmas to remember.

See our list of Artificial Christmas Trees on Display at Hayes Garden World at the bottom of the page



Pre-lit Artificial Tree or not?

Our pre-lit artificial Christmas trees come with 50,000 hour, energy efficient LED lights which should last for the life of the tree. The lights have a diffuser cover over the bulb which softens the light whilst giving it the look of a traditional filament bulb. The lights come on a lightweight green cable that is wound around the branches throughout the tree producing a generous, evenly lit tree with less conspicuous wiring. The effect that is produced is not one that would be easily replicated if you were adding your own lights to the tree & saves a lot of time when it comes to decorating your tree at Christmas.

The new LED trees also take the hassle out of finding a faulty bulb. The bulbs are easily replaceable if one becomes faulty & although you will get plenty of spares with your tree we are offering to provide you with extras, for up to 5 years from purchase, if you need them. If one bulb blows it is still making a circuit so it will be the only one that goes out & can be easily spotted & replaced. If one bulb is faulty or loose, say after storage, it will break the circuit & nine bulbs will go out. It is just a matter of checking each of the nine is properly in place then if they still don’t light, swapping all of the nine, one at a time, with a bulb that you know works & replacing the faulty one. You don’t need to test the whole tree!

PVC or PE/PVC Mix?

This comes down to personal preference & price. In general our PVC trees are darker green in colour than the PE/PVC mixed trees unless they are ‘snowy’. The selection is not as large as the PE/PVC mixed trees but we still stock them in a range of sizes including slim, pencil & pre-lit. Our top of the range PVC trees are priced at a similar level to some of the PE/PVC mixed trees.

We have a fabulous selection of PE/PVC mix trees which range in size from 3ft to 12ft, many designs in half & full sizes including slim, pencil, pre-lit & snowy trees. The entry level trees in this range are the Bayberry & the Liberty Pine, both stunning trees but slightly more affordable than some of the other trees on offer. Our mixed trees are approximately 70% PE with the remainder being made up of PVC branches. This makes the trees cheaper than a 100% PE tree whilst also making them lighter, if weight is a consideration. The PVC adds extra interest by introducing a different texture & helps to give depth to the tree whilst concealing the central stem. Many of the trees also have their branches hand wrapped with green/brown cotton for a touch of luxury. Our article on PE trees explains why these trees are the most realistic looking trees we stock because moulds of real trees are used to create the branches.

Armed with this information you can now look through our selection of trees which are provided below with a brief description so that you can compare between them. If there is a 7ft tree in the range, details of width, tips & lights are given for direct comparison.

PVC Artificial Christmas Tree

All our PVC trees have strong branches which are wired to the ends, making a good support for hanging Christmas decorations.

Bluffton Fir (6ft pre-lit - low in stock)

Blufton Fir

7ft tree – width 140cm (55"), tips 2143, lights 500

The Bluffton Fir is a full width PVC tree with plenty of long, strong branches to hold your Christmas decorations. It is the widest of our PVC trees & has the greatest number of tips, approximately 900 (7ft tree) more than the 7ft Nordic Pine Glittery Flocked tree & 200 more lights.

Dunhill Fir (12ft, 15ft & 18ft including pre-lit)

Pre-lit Dunhill Fir

No 7ft tree – 12ft tree width 203cm (80"), tips 7794, lights 1200

The Dunhill Fir is the only large pre-lit tree that we stock & is available in a range of sizes, making it an affordable option for a large space. It is also the only type of tree that we stock in a size over 12ft. In comparison to the other PVC trees it has a large number of tips for its size and a generous number of lights.

Keswick Spruce (7.5ft pre-lit)

North Valley Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree – width 120cm (47"), tips 1096

The full width Keswick Spruce is a nice full looking tree with a dark green appearance. It comes in a good range of sizes that won’t break the bank!

Kingswood Pencil Fir & Snowy Kingswood Pencil Fir (6ft - 7.5ft including pre-lit)

Kingswood Pencil Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

Snowy Kingswood Pencil Fir

7ft tree - width 74cm (29"), tips 892, lights 300

A nice slim, mid-green or flocked PVC tree if you are short of space but still want a good display. It has long wired, bristle branches with a brown stem & plenty of tips for a pencil tree - more than any other pencil tree we stock. It is also our slimmest tree.

Linwood Fir (6ft to 8ft)

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7ft tree - width 140cm (55"), tips 1483

A nice green PVC tree with long wired, branches with a brown stem. It is a similar width to most of our standard trees but has more tips than any of our other PVC trees giving you plenty of options when decorating the tree.

Nordic Pine Glittery Flocked (6ft & 7ft including pre-lit)

Nordic Pine Glittery Flocked Artificial Christmas tree

7ft tree - width 137cm (54"), tips 1205, lights 300

This bushy looking tree has an attractive mix of long-needled branches in a range of designs & is decorated with large pine cones & has a glittering snowy finish.

Snowy Cone Pine Slim (7.5ft including pre-lit)

Snowy Cone Pine Slim

No 7ft tree. 7.5ft tree – width 107cm (42"), tips 1188, lights 250

This snowy tree has a reasonable number of tips for a slim PVC tree.

Snowy Westbury Pine Slim (8ft, low stock)

Snowy Westbury Pine

7ft tree – width 99cm (39"), tips 783

This dark green tree has PVC & soft cashmere branches with a snowy frosting & bright red berries. With regard to size, tips & price it is a mid-range tree compared to our other slim PVC trees but it would just need some lights to finish your display.

Wintry Pine (6ft & 7ft including pre-lit & slim)

Wintry Pine Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree - width 132cm (52"), tips 1017, lights 650

7ft slim tree - width 94cm (37"), tips 558, lights 450

This lovely PVC tree hardly needs decorating. It has a selection of different types of branches from thinner plain green to long bristled ones with white frosted tips. The tree is decorated with cones & clumps of bright red berries giving a festive feel. It is a slim tree but is actually the same width as the Glittery Gold Pencil Pine.

Memory-Shape PE/PVC Mix Artificial Christmas Trees

Our Memory-Shape artificial Christmas trees have strong memory wired branches to retain their shape from year to year & the pre-lit options come with PowerConnect lights which automatically connect as the tree is put together, all saving you lots of time at a busy time of year. They tend to have a higher tip count & larger number of lights than the standard PE/PVC mix trees.

Frasier Grande Fir (6ft - 8ft including pre-lit & slim)

Frasier Grande Fir

7ft slim tree - width 107cm (42"), tips 1659, lights 400

7ft tree – width 163cm (64“), tips 3059, lights 600

This realistic, top of the range tree also has branches which have Memory-Shape technology. It has long thin, moulded PE branches & shorter PVC branches which are slightly bushier & have a brown central stem. The full size tree is wider than the Smokey Mountain but has fewer tips & lights & the slim tree is a similar width but with less than half the lights, which is reflected in the price difference.

Smokey Mountain Fir (6ft & 7ft slim pre-lit - low stock)

Smokey Mountain Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

Smokey Mountain Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft slim tree - width 104cm (41"), tips 3628, lights 600

7ft tree – width 145cm (57“), tips 5085, lights 750

The Smokey Mountain Fir is another top of the range tree which has a similar shape to the Frasier Grande Fir but with a more rounded outline as the branches have slightly longer needles that curve down to the tips. The tree is not quite as wide as the Frasier Grande but, in comparison, the 7ft Smokey Mountain full size tree has 150 more lights & a whopping 5085 tips compared to 3059.

PE/PVC Mix Artificial Christmas Trees

Alta Spruce (6ft & 7ft including pre-lit)

Alta Spruce

7ft tree - width 127cm (50"), tips 2503, lights 440

A mixed PE/PVC tree with the classic shape of a fir. The lights are non-replaceable micro LED's with 8 Function Twinkle Light Controller.

Asheville Fir (6ft & 7ft pre-lit - low stock)

Asheville Fir

7ft tree - width 145cm (57"), tips 2692, lights 550

This mixed PE/PVC tree is one of the wider trees with long branches, a good number of tips, reasonable number of lights & a very good price!

Aspen Fir (5ft to 8ft pre-lit)

Pre-lit Aspen Fir

7ft tree - width 122cm (48"), tips 1827, lights 600

This mixed PE/PVC tree is quite narrow for a 7ft tree making it easier to place in the home or workplace & it comes at a great price too! The strong layered branches & exposed trunk resemble a real tree & offer plenty of room for larger decorations. It has a good number of LED rice lights which are small but bright & spread throughout the tree; they have non-replaceable bulbs but will last for years.

Bayberry Spruce (5ft – 8ft including pencil, slim & pre-lit)

Bayberry Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

Bayberry Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft pencil tree - width 81cm (32"), tips 724

7ft slim tree - width 107cm (42"), tips 1058, lights 450

7ft tree – width 140cm (55“), tips 1539, lights 600

Although this is one of our entry level mixed PE trees it is also one of our most popular which is why it is available in lots of different options. Its PVC branches blend in well with the larger PE branches that have nicely rounded tips. All the branches are wired so they will hold your baubles or other decorations & can easily be arranged for a great Christmas display. This tree has a lush green appearance with a full width diameter base.

Bedminster Spruce (6.5ft – 7.5ft including dual infinity lights, slim & slim pre-lit)

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No 7ft slim tree. 6.5ft tree - width 102cm (40"), tips 1987, LED lights 450

7ft tree – width 137cm (54“), tips 3636, dual infinity lights 1400 (6.5ft tree)

This tree has plenty of narrow tapering PE branches infilled with PVC giving it one of the highest tip counts of all our trees. It comes in a slim version too with a correspondingly good number of tips for a slim tree. The standard width dual light tree comes with PowerConnect lighting which will save you time setting up & a huge number of dual colour Infinity lights with 9 functions operated by a convenient foot switch to give you lighting to match your mood including a pastel option.

Berkeley Snowy Spruce (6ft – 7ft including pre-lit)

Berkeley Snowy Spruce

7ft tree – width 145cm (57“), tips 2692, lights 550

This PE/PVC tree has a mix of tapering realistic PE branches & bushy PVC branches all with a snowy covering to make a beautiful backdrop for your Christmas decorations & providing a good number of tips. Its width & number of LED's is comparable with many of the 7ft trees.

Chester Spruce (6ft & 7ft including pre-lit)

7ft tree - width 145cm (57"), tips 3749, lights 650

This mixed PE/PVC tree is one of the wider trees with a high number of tips & a good number of lights.

Empire Grande Fir (6ft & 7ft, including slim & Dual Light)

Empire Grande Fir

7ft slim tree – width 117cm (46“), tips 6306, lights 750

7ft tree – width 142cm (56“), tips 8097, lights 1000

This tree has the highest number of tips per foot of all the trees we stock offering lots of options for hanging decorations & giving it a lovely full look. The pre-lit version also has a high number of lights, only the Ridgedale & Iceland having more. The dual lights change between warm white, pastel & multi-colour with a 9 function controller. This tree is also available as 100% PE (see below).

Georgetown Fir (5.5ft to 8ft including slim & pre-lit)

Georgetown Fir

7ft tree – width 142cm (56“), tips 2298, lights 700

It has a mix of PE & PVC branches with long curved needles & rounded moulded tips.

Grand Kensington Fir (6ft pre-lit)

Grand Kensington Fir

7ft tree – width 155cm (61“), tips 2402, lights 650

It is a very attractive tree with narrow needles on its bushy branches. Our 7ft tree is the same width as the Frosted Colorado making them our widest PE/PVC trees & in comparison with the Kensington Fir it has about 600 more tips & 150 more lights.

Grand Fir (6ft & 7ft including pre-lit)

Grand Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree – width 137cm (54“), tips 3590, lights 550

The Grand Fir is an impressive tree which is only beaten by the Ridgedale & Smokey Mountain Fir in the number of tips but has an average number of lights. The PE needles are quite slim & have a slight curve giving it a feathery look.

Hampton Frosted Spruce (6.5ft & 7.5ft)

Frosted Hampton Spruce

7ft tree – width 132cm (59“), tips 2326, (lights 700 on 7.5ft tree)

The Hampton Frosted Spruce has a nice open feel just like a real tree with plenty of tips & room for larger baubles.

Iceland Fir (6.5ft & 7ft Dual Cosmic Lights - Low stock)

Iceland Fir showing warm white lights

Iceland Fir showing multi-colour lights

7ft tree – width 127cm (50“), tips 2317, lights 3700

This tree has a large number of both tips & lights. These bright Cosmic LED's have a unique small bulb on an elongated base, some are flocked to give a mix of muted & bright colours. Each string features a three-fold increase in the volume of lights giving a much brighter glow. The dual Cosmic lights change between warm white, pastel & multi-colour with a 9 function controller.

Kensington Fir (6ft & 7ft pre-lit)

Kensington Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree - width 140cm (55"), tips 1830, lights 500

The Kensington Fir is a very attractive tree with narrow needles on its bushy branches. It is a wider tree than the Avalon Spruce but is fairly comparable in other respects & is one of our least expensive full width PE/PVC trees.

Lakewood Spruce (6ft – 7.5ft including pre-lit)

Lakewood Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree – width 137cm (54“), tips 1372, lights 500

The Lakewood Spruce is a another good looking tree, it resembles the Bayberry Spruce but with a darker spine to the branches & the combination of smaller width, fewer tips & lights make it less expensive.

Northern Fir (5ft - 7.5ft including pre-lit & 7.5ft slim & slim pre-lit)

Northern Fir

No 7ft slim tree. 7.5ft slim tree – width 114cm (45“), tips 3128, lights 450

7ft tree – width 145cm (57“), tips 3820, lights 550

The attractive mix of slim PE & PVC branches give it a feathery outline with plenty of tips for all your Christmas decorations. It has a similar width & number of lights to many of our 7ft trees but a larger number of tips than most.

Ontario Fir (5ft - 8ft including pre-lit)

Ontario Fir

7ft tree - width 142cm (56"), tips 2046, lights 600

It is one of our wider trees with a good number of tips with neat, round ended PE branches. The same width as the Georgetown & Empire Grande PE/PVC trees it has fewer tips & lights.

Snowy Dorchester Pine (6ft to 8ft including pre-lit)

Snowy Dorchester Pine

7ft tree - width 147cm (58"), tips 2466, lights 550

This is a fairly wide tree with large cones & snowy branches that have a good number of tips. It is a great quality tree at a very reasonable price.

Snowy Sheffield Spruce (6ft & 7ft including dual light)

Snowy Sheffield White Lights

Snowy Sheffield Dual Lights

7ft tree - width 135cm (53"), tips 2290, lights 650

The Snowy Sheffield Spruce range includes the dual light version which has a choice of lighting options including warm white & multi-colour. It has a good tip count & a reasonable number of lights.

Vienna Fir (6.5ft - 8ft including pre-lit)

Vienna Fir

7ft tree - width 145cm (57"), tips 3561, lights 600

It is one of our wider trees & also has a large number of tips but comes at such a great price it is hard to resist!

Washington Valley Spruce (6ft - 7.5ft including pre-lit & slim)

Washington Valley Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

No 7ft slim tree, 6.5ft tree – width 102cm (40“), tips 1264, lights 200

7ft tree - width 147cm (58"), tips 2818, lights 550

This Washington Valley Spruce Artificial Christmas tree has long slim PE & PVC branches which will support plenty of decorations to create a fabulous Christmas display. The PE branches have moulded tips like the Colorado but the branches are much narrower in comparison. It is a fairly wide tree with a good number of tips & lights for a very reasonable price.

Weeping Spruce (6ft – 8ft including slim & pre-lit)

Weeping Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

Weeping Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft slim tree - width 102cm (40"), tips 1483

7ft tree – width 140cm (55“), tips 2285, lights 550

The Weeping Spruce is a lighter green than some of the other PE/PVC trees & has a mix of narrowing wired & unwired tips producing a lovely weeping habit. This combination of branches results in a tree that is not designed to take heavy baubles but needs decorating sympathetically in keeping with its delicate habit.

Windsor Spruce (6ft & 8ft including pre-lit - Low stock)

Windsor Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

Windsor Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree - width 150cm (59"), tips 1652, lights 350

Our Windsor Spruce has a lovely blue-green tint with layered branches which are well spaced, giving plenty of room for larger decorations & garlands. The tree has such a strong character with its obvious central trunk that a minimalist look would be equally attractive. It has a fairly wide base but tapers quite quickly to give a narrow profile.

Yukon Snowy Pine (6ft & 7ft including pre-lit)

Yukon Snowy Pine Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree - width 127cm (50"), tips 2653, lights 450

Our Yukon Snowy Pine has a lovely mix of branch shapes combining realistic PE & PVC branches & a sprinkling of large pine cones, all with a snowy covering. It has mini globe shaped lights woven carefully through the branches giving a soft glow to the tree & giving a different look than most of our pre-lit trees. It is slightly narrower than many of our standard trees but comes with a good number of tips.

100% PE Artificial Christmas Trees

Ridgedale Fir (8ft unlit & 8ft Infinity pre-lit)

7ft tree - width 152cm (60"), tips 3819, lights 3700

The Ridgedale has the classic feathered outline of a fir tree with narrow 100% PE branches & a large number of rounded tips. The pre-lit version has small Infinity LED's that are not replaceable. Read our blog on this tree for more information.


Hopefully this article will have answered many of the questions you have about our choice of trees but if you need further help please don't hesitate to contact our friendly sales team.

Here at Hayes Garden World we are proud of our service and thankfully the majority of our customers think so too, so you can order with confidence. If you do have a problem our sales team are only too happy to sort it out to your satisfaction; click here to check out the team if you would like to speak to someone in particular.

List of Artificial Christmas Trees on Display at Hayes Garden World Ambleside 2019
As you can imagine, we just do not have enough room to display our full range of christmas trees in the shop at any one time. We are starting to put the trees out now so the list will be updated over the coming weeks as new trees come in.

We have at least one size of the following tree models on display in the garden centre & hope to have a pre-lit version too. If there is a specific tree you are interested in please phone ahead before setting off to check whether it is available to view on the shop floor as new trees are being displayed all the time.

  • Alpine Pencil Fir - Pre lit
  • Aspen Fir - Pre lit
  • Bayberry Spruce - Pre lit slim & pencil
  • Bedminster Spruce - Pre lit slim & dual lit
  • Berkeley Snowy Spruce - Pre lit
  • Chester Spruce - Pre lit
  • Dunhill Fir - Decorated pre lit
  • Empire Grand Fir - Decorated dual lit
  • Frasier Grand - Unlit & pre lit slim
  • Georgetown Fir - Pre lit
  • Grand Kensington Fir - Decorated pre lit
  • Keswick Spruce - Decorated pre-lit
  • Kingswood Pencil - Pre lit
  • Lakewood Spruce - Pre lit
  • Linwood Fir - Unlit
  • Nordic Pine Glittery Flocked - Decorated pre lit
  • Northern Fir - Pre lit & slim
  • Ontario - Pre lit
  • Ridgedale Fir - Decorated pre lit
  • Snowy Alpine Pencil Fir - Pre lit
  • Snowy Cone Pine - Pre lit & slim
  • Snowy Dorchester Pine - Pre lit
  • Snowy Kingswood Pencil - unlit
  • Snowy Sheffield Spruce - Unlit & dual lit (decorated)
  • Vienna Fir - Pre lit
  • Weeping Spruce - Pre lit
  • Wintry Pine - Unlit
  • Yukon Snowy Pine - Pre-lit