Choosing Your Artificial Christmas Tree

Sep 27
POSTED BY Julie Parker
Choosing Your Artificial Christmas Tree

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 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.

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.

Boulder Pine (7ft)

Boulder Pine Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree – width 137cm (54"), tips 1381

This is a nice full looking PVC tree which is dark green in colour with a mix of bristles on brown branches, some with a slight sheen.

Columbia Slim Spruce (4.5ft - 6.5ft)

Columbia Slim Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

No 7ft tree in stock but dimensions are – width 114cm (45"), tips 1027

A slim range of green PVC spruce trees in a good range of sizes. This is a very affordable tree if you have restricted space. It has a nice full appearance and can be assembled in just minutes.

Dunhill Fir (Pre-lit 12ft, 15ft & 20ft)

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

The Dunhill Fir is the only pre-lit 12ft tree that we stock & with its 1200 lights makes 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 (4ft entrance & 5ft - 8ft)

Glittery Bristle Pine Artificial Christmas Tree

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 a slim tree decorated with snow & cones.

Glittery Gold Pencil Pine (4ft Pre-lit Entrance & 5ft - 7ft)

Glittery Gold Pencil Pine Artificial Christmas Tree

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)

Kingswood Pencil Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

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.

Lakeland Slim Spruce (7ft including pre-lit)

Lakeland Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree - width 102cm (40"), tips 845, lights 450

This slim tree has a nice neat outline & a frosted appearance due to the lighter colour of the needles on the tips of the branches. It also has frosted cones giving a wintry look which would look good with cool blues & whites.

Nordic Pine (6ft – 8ft including pre-lit)

Nordic Pine Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree - width 137cm (54"), tips 1205, lights 450

This bushy looking tree has an attractive mix of long-needled branches in a range of designs & is decorated with large pine cones. This is a nice option if you like the Boulder Pine but would prefer a pre-lit tree.

North Valley Spruce (4.5ft – 12ft)

North Valley Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

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

The North Valley 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!

Venetian Fir (4.5ft - 12ft)

Venetian Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree - width 150cm (59"), tips 1800

The Venetian Fir is a bushy PVC tree with long branches in mid-green. It is wider at the base than many of the trees & has more tips than the other PVC trees. The branches are all wired giving you endless possibilities for hanging your decorations.

Pre-lit Winchester Pine (6ft - 8ft)

Winchester Pine Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree - width 142cm (56"), tips 982, lights 500

The Winchester Pine is a really nice PVC tree which is great if you are on a budget. It has a mix of long & short needle branches which come in multi-tone shades of green giving it depth & interest. all the branches are wired meaning you aren't limited to where you hang your decorations. It may have fewer tips than most of the other PVC trees but the lights make up for it.

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

Wintry Pine Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree - width 94cm (37"), tips 558, lights 350

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.

Deluxe Fraser Fir (4.5ft - 7ft including slim & pre-lit)

Deluxe Fraser Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

Pre-lit Deluxe Fraser Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft slim tree - width 119cm (47“), tips 2916, lights 600

7ft tree – width 165cm (65“), tips 3746, lights 700

This stunning, top of the range tree is the widest tree & the most expensive tree we have & all its branches have Memory-Shape technology. Its long thin, finger-like PE branches have moulded tips & make a distinctive outline offering plenty of choice for hanging decorations. The shorter PVC branches are slightly bushier & have a brown central stem. The full width tree has a generous 100 lights per foot of tree with even more on the 9ft tree making an impressive display for your Christmas festivities.

Nordic Spruce (4.5ft – 8ft including slim & pre-lit)

Nordic Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft slim tree - width 117cm (46"), tips 2820, lights 500

7ft tree – width 147cm (58“), tips 3358, lights 700

The pre-lit tree is featured as the Independent 'Best Buy' for the best artificial Christmas trees for Christmas 2016.

The Independent Best Buy for the best artificial Christmas trees 2016

This top of the range tree has longer, thinner needles than the other Memory-Shape trees giving it a softer look with slightly fewer tips. All its branches have Memory-Shape technology which will make your display quicker in the future. The full size tree also has a generous 100 lights per foot of tree to make a great lighting display.

Smokey Mountain Fir (4.5ft – 8ft including slim & pre-lit)

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 Deluxe Fraser 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 Fraser but, in comparison, the 7ft Smokey Mountain full size tree has 50 more lights & a whopping 5085 tips compared to 3746.

PE/PVC Mix Artificial Christmas Trees

Avalon Spruce (5ft – 8ft including slim & pre-lit)

Avalon Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree - width 127cm (50"), tips 1883, lights 500

7ft slim tree – width 97cm (38“), tips 1128, lights 400

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 (4.5ft – 12ft 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.

Colorado Spruce (12ft, Frosted - 4.5ft - 8ft including slim & pre-lit)

Colorado Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

Frosted Colorado Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft frosted tree – width 155cm (61“), tips 1989, lights 600

7ft frosted slim - width 102cm (40"), tips 1193

The Colorado Spruce is a good looking tree with a blue/green hue to 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.

The frosted tree (second image) is similar but is more glaucous in colour with a white frosting & comes decorated with real pine cones.

Frosted Dover Blue Slim Spruce (6ft & 7ft including pre-lit)

Frosted Dover Blue Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree – width 107cm (42“), tips 1063, lights 500

This is a slim tree with a narrow shape & nicely rounded, typical spruce type branches with a frosted appearance. It has large cones scattered around the tree & a good number of tips & lights for a slim tree.

Frosted Vermont Spruce (7ft)

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7ft tree – width 127cm (50“), tips 1604

This tree has been popular with its light frosty coating to the branches. Compared to the 7ft Frosted Colorado it is narrower & has over 300 fewer tips but it is cheaper. It does have the same number of tips as the 7ft Frosted Dover Blue Spruce but this is a slim tree so on the whole you are getting what you pay for.

Grand Fir (6ft - 8ft 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 Smokey Mountain Fir in the number of tips. The PE needles resemble those on the Nordic Spruce & are quite slim & have a slight curve giving it a feathery look.

Grande Pencil Fir (7ft)

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7ft tree – width 81cm (32“), tips 796

The Grande Fir is a pencil tree with a nice slim shape, ideal where space is limited. The 7ft tree is the same width as the Bayberry Pencil but has more tips as the Bayberry has quite wide branches.

Hampton Spruce (6.5ft & 7.5ft including frosted & pre-lit)

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No 7ft tree, 7.5ft tree – width 150cm (59“), tips 2666, lights 700

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

Kensington Fir (6ft – 8ft including slim & pre-lit)

Kensington Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

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

No 7ft slim tree, 7.5ft – width 109cm (43“), tips 1445

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 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.

Liberty Pine (4.5ft – 8ft including slim & pre-lit)

Liberty Pine Artificial Christmas Tree

Liberty Pine Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree – width 132cm (52“), tips 2047, lights 550

7ft slim tree – width 97cm (38“), tips 1810, lights 450

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 glittery & flocked coatings. The standard tree is quite narrow in shape if space is restricted but it is also available in slim.

Nobleman Spruce (6ft - 8ft)

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7ft tree – width 147cm (58“), tips 1148

The Nobleman Spruce is a similar but green version of the Snowy Nobilis with the same width & number of tips. It has the same layered structure with an obvious central trunk & rounded needles on branches which are flattened underneath. It offers plenty of spaces for hanging baubles & wrapping garlands & looks just like a real tree.

Nordic Spruce (4.5ft – 5.5ft including pre-lit)

Nordic Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

Nordic Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree – width 160cm (63“), tips 4238, lights 800

This is the non Memory-Shape version which is a light green tree with a larger than average number of tips & lights because it is an eleven layer mixed tree producing a full looking display. This is the fullest tree on the market and looks incredible. Only the leading tip on each branch is wired which slightly limits which branches you can use to hang baubles & makes it a medium strong tree. There are however so many branches on this tree, you will not be short of somewhere to hang your decorations.

Nordmann Fir (7ft & Snowy 4ft - 12ft)

Nordmann Fir

Snowy Nordmann Fir

7ft tree – width 147cm (58“), tips 935

The Nordmann Fir has flattened PE needles which are quite long & well defined in a dark green shade with lighter green tips. The branches are fairly strong & the outer stems reasonably well spaced leaving plenty of room for hanging baubles or decorations.

The Snowy Nordmann is a similar tree but comes 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.

Normandy Fir (6ft)

Normandy Fir Dual Light Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree – width 147cm (56“), tips 2379, lights 650

The Normandy Fir is a dark green tree which looks nice & full because of the generous number of tips. All the tips are wired making it easier to display your Christmas decorations whilst providing a strong support.

Northern Frasier Fir (6ft & 7ft including pre-lit)

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7ft tree – width 135cm (53“), tips 2579, lights 550

The Northern Frasier Fir compares favourably with the Weeping Spruce, the 7ft trees are similar in price but the Northern Frasier Fir is slightly narrower & has nearly 300 more tips. Its long finger-like branches are narrow with a central brown stem & the good number of tips offer plenty of places for hanging decorations.

Norwegian Spruce (5ft - 7.5ft including potted)

7.5ft tree - width 150cm (59"), tips 2364,

The Norwegian Spruce is a lovely looking tree with strong wired branches. There are a mix of PVC branches which are mainly found further back & PE branches with well defined needles that are slightly flocked making them a lighter green.

Preston Fir (5ft - 8ft including pre-lit & slim)

Preston Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree - width 142cm (56"), tips 3304, lights 600

7ft slim tree – width 107cm (42“), tips 994, lights 450

The Preston Fir full size tree has a generous number of narrow branch tips only beaten by the Grand Fir & the Memory-Shape trees, offering plenty of options for hanging decorations.

Scandinavian Fir (4.5ft - 5.5ft & 8ft including Dual Light)

Scandinavian Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

Scandinavian Fir Dual Lit Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree - width 137cm (54"), tips 2047, lights 600

The Scandinavian Fir is a nice full looking tree in mid-green with a mix of fairly long, PE & PVC branches in different diameters. It is slightly narrower at the base with slightly fewer tips than some of the other full width PE/PVC trees but not noticeably so. It is also available with 9 function dual coloured lights to suit your decorations or your mood!

Snowy Concolor (9ft only)

Snowy Concolor Artificial Christmas Tree

9ft tree – width 180cm (71“), tips 2756

This tree has a frosted coating of snow on its green branches & is decorated with cones.

Snowy Nobilis Fir (5ft – 12ft)

Snowy Nobilis Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree – width 147cm (58“), tips 1148

This tree has a strong layered outline with a visible central stem in brown. The branches are well spaced & quite flexible with the ability to twist the flocked needles to improve your display. This tree offers plenty of room for hanging decorations & a little 'snow' fall to make it Christmassy. Compared to the Snowy Nordmann this tree has more tips.

Tiffany Fir (5ft - 8ft including pre-lit & slim)

Tiffany Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

7ft tree - width 142cm (56"), tips 2527, lights 650

7ft slim tree – width 107cm (42“), tips 1678, lights 550

Both the full width & slim versions of this tree have a good number of tips & a larger number of lights than most of the other non Memory-Shape trees. It ia a darker green than most of our other PE/PVC mix trees, a colour normally resticted to PVC trees if you like a darker tree.

Washington Valley Spruce (6ft - 8ft including pre-lit & slim)

Washington Valley Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

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

No 7ft slim tree, 7.5ft tree – width 112cm (44“), tips 1714

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 (5ft – 8ft including slim & pre-lit)

Weeping Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

Weeping Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

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

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

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)

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.

100% PE Artificial Christmas Trees

Eden Pine (7.5ft only)

Eden Pine 100% Feel-Real Artificial Christmas Tree

7.5ft tree - width 150cm (59"), tips 4579,

The Eden Pine has strong moulded PE branches in a mixture of light green & almost grey green coloured needles. The needles are smoothly rounded & flattened & the branches are well spaced giving the tree a layered, neat defined look. Plenty of room for hanging larger baubles or decorations on the main branches.

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.

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