O, CHRIST­MAS TREE

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Pin­ing for a new tree? Here’s the GHI’S pick of the best

Th­ese days, faux Christ­mas trees come in all shapes, sizes and even colours. Whether you’re a tra­di­tion­al­ist who prefers a nat­u­ral look, or you want some­thing mod­ern and dif­fer­ent, we’ve found a tree to suit ev­ery taste. Our testers have as­sem­bled trees from £7 to £1,189, to find the best-look­ing and speed­i­est to build

MOST RE­AL­IS­TIC TREE Home­base Brunswick 8ft £70, home­base.co.uk TIME TO PUT UP: 5 min­utes 37 sec­onds A true show­stop­per at 8ft tall. Even with its slightly length­ier assem­bly time, if you have high ceil­ings, this re­al­is­tic-look­ing tree with strong branches is the ideal choice.

BEST WHITE/SNOW­COV­ERED TREE Asda Flocked 7ft £85, ge­orge.com TIME TO PUT UP: 1 minute 53 sec­onds This im­pres­sive tree’s dense branches have a del­i­cate, snowy dust­ing, and are sturdy enough to sup­port even heavy or­na­ments. Su­per-quick to assemble and looks frosty and fes­tive.

BEST PRE-LIT TREE Bal­sam Hill Ver­mont Spruce 4ft 5in-9ft £349-£1,189, bal­samhill.co.uk TIME TO PUT UP: 5 min­utes 45 sec­onds We love the warm glow of this tree’s lights and its re­al­is­tic, dense fo­liage. Fully open­ing up the branches really adds to the over­all look. Comes in a va­ri­ety of sizes.

BEST GLIT­TER TREE John Lewis Pre-lit Isla Di­a­mond Fir 4ft 5in £249, john­lewis.com TIME TO PUT UP: 2 min­utes 35 sec­onds Pre-lit and cov­ered in fake snow and glit­ter, this sparkling tree will trans­form your home into a win­ter won­der­land. Keep a vac­uum cleaner to hand to clear up any stray sparkles! BEST FOR OUT­DOORS Wilko Pop-up Out­door 6ft £7, wilko.com TIME TO PUT UP: 41 sec­onds This stylish tree is ex­tremely quick and sim­ple to put up, and the built-in lights give a warm glow. Make sure you an­chor it se­curely though, as ours was a lit­tle wob­bly.

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