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 & 7ft, including pre-lit)
7ft tree – width 140cm (55"), tips 2143, lights 500
The Blufton 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)
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.
Glittery Bristle Slim Pine (5.5ft, low stock)
7ft tree – width 104cm (41"), tips 812
This PVC tree lives up to its name with the glittering sparkle on its mixed bristle branches. It is the widest of our slim PVC trees & is decorated with snow & cones.
Glittery Gold Pencil Pine (5.5ft, 1 only)
7ft tree - width 94cm (37"), tips 694
A similar tree to the Glittery Bristle Pine but with sparkling golden tips & cones. This tree is also a pencil tree making it a slimmer alternative but not as slim as the Kingswood Pencil Fir.
Kingswood Pencil Fir (6ft - 7.5ft including pre-lit)
7ft tree - width 74cm (29"), tips 892, lights 300
A nice slim, mid-green 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.
Nordic Pine Glittery Flocked (6ft – 7ft including pre-lit)
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.
Keswick Spruce (6ft – 8ft including pre-lit)
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!
Snowy Cone Pine Slim (6.5ft - 7.5ft including pre-lit)
Snowy Westbury Pine Slim (7ft - 8ft, low stock)
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)
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)
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 – 8ft including slim & pre-lit)
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)
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 (6 & 7ft including pre-lit)
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!
Avalon Spruce (8ft pre-lit low stock)
7ft tree - width 127cm (50"), tips 1883, lights 500
The Avalon Spruce is great value for money with its combination of size, number of lights & number of tips on its PE & PVC branches. The PE branches are fairly slim with nicely rounded ends so it is an easy tree to decorate. In general, the slim tree is a couple of inches narrower than many of the other slim trees.
Bayberry Spruce (5ft – 8ft including pencil, slim & pre-lit)
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.
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)
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).
Frosted Colorado Spruce (5ft & 7ft low stock)
7ft tree – width 155cm (61“), tips 1989
The Frosted Colorado Spruce is a good looking tree with a glaucous hue with a white frosting & comes decorated with real pine cones in its wide branches. All the tips are wired making it easily arranged for a good display & providing a strong base for your decorations. The PE branches also have an attractive round, moulded tip which resemble an immature cone.
Georgetown Fir (6ft to 8ft including pre-lit)
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 & 7ft including pre-lit)
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)
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 Spruce (6ft to 7.5ft including frosted & pre-lit)
7ft tree – width 132cm (59“), tips 2326, (lights 700 on 7.5ft tree)
The Hampton Spruce has a nice open feel just like a real tree with plenty of tips & room for larger baubles.
Iceland Fir (6ft – 7ft Dual Cosmic 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 including slim & pre-lit)
No 7ft slim tree, 6.5ft – width 99cm (39“), tips 1322
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)
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.
Liberty Pine (5ft pre-lit only)
7ft tree – width 132cm (52“), tips 2047, lights 550
If you want a tree that stands out on its own then the Liberty Pine is ideal. It has an interesting mix of branches & cones with flocked coatings on both. The standard tree is quite narrow in shape if space is restricted.
Nordmann Fir (12ft, 1 in stock)
7ft tree – width 147cm (58“), tips 935
The Snowy Nordmann has flattened PE needles which are quite long & well defined with a flocked coating to its branches with a thicker coating on the larger outer branches. The branches are very flexible & the needles can also be twisted to just the right angle to improve your display. There will be some 'snow' drop from this tree but it adds to that wintry effect. Compared to the Snowy Nobilis this tree has fewer tips as the branches tend to be thicker.
Ontario Fir (6ft -8ft including pre-lit)
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 (6.5ft & 7.5ft including pre-lit)
no 7ft tree, 6.5ft tree - width 137cm (54"), tips 2074, lights 500
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)
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 (6ft - 8ft including pre-lit)
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 - 8ft including pre-lit & slim)
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)
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)
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.
100% PE Artificial Christmas Trees
Narvik Spruce (6ft & 7ft including pre-lit)
7ft tree - width 117cm (46"), tips ?, lights 420.
This is a 100% PE tree with long needles which taper towards the tips.
Empire Grande Fir (6ft & 7ft 100% PE)
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. This tree is also available as a PE/PVC mix tree (see above)
Newbury Spruce (6ft - 8ft)
7ft tree - width 142cm (56"), tips 2057
The Newbury Spruce is a stunning tree that requires some time to arrange its moulded PE branches as it lacks the bulk of central PVC branches but it will be worth the time spent. The needles are fairly long & curve slightly giving a feathery look but the tree has a well defined shape with a good number of tips for a 100% PE tree.
Ridgedale Fir (7ft - 8ft, 7.5 & 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.
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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.
- Asheville Fir
- Bayberry Spruce - we also have one on display that is fully decorated in pink
- Bayberry Spruce Slim
- Chester Spruce
- Empire Grande Fir
- Georgetown Fir - we also have two on display that are fully decorated in gold & red
- Iceland Fir - we also have one on display that is fully decorated in red & green
- Keswick Spruce
- Kingswood Pencil Fir
- Lakewood in the lighting section
- Ontario Fir
- Snowy Dorchester Pine
- Vienna Fir
- Weeping Spruce