Choose the best ar­ti­fi­cial tree for you

What to look for when choos­ing the per­fect ar­ti­fi­cial Christ­mas tree

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If Christ­mas had a sin­gle cen­ter­piece mo­ment,

it would surely be the tree. It’s the piece de re­sis­tance for your hol­i­day dé­cor, the hub of gath­er­ing and gift giv­ing. The tree is a pretty big deal. We like the idea of a fresh tree and that inim­itable pine smell as much the next per­son, but when you fac­tor in the wa­ter­ing, the mess, not to men­tion the time and money you spend hunt­ing for the per­fect spec­i­men at the tree farm, it’s not hard to see why so many are turn­ing to ar­ti­fi­cial trees. But with all the choices out there, how can you en­sure you’re choos­ing the best? Here’s our break­down of what to look for and look out for when choos­ing yours.

1. MA­TE­RIAL

For the most re­al­is­tic-look­ing branches and nee­dles, it all comes down to ma­te­rial. King of Christ­mas, one of the largest on­line re­tail­ers of ar­ti­fi­cial trees uses a com­bi­na­tion of PE-PVC ma­te­ri­als. PVC “branches” make the tree easy to shape and ma­nip­u­late, while molded PE nee­dles give the re­al­is­tic branch tip a smooth look and feel.

2. SPAC­ING AND DEN­SITY

Look for an even and full dis­tri­bu­tion of branches and lots of them. This not only looks more re­al­is­tic, but it also helps cam­ou­flage the metal trunk and base that most of­ten is what makes a fake tree look fake. And don’t just count the branches, make sure that each branch is loaded with branch tips.

3. COL­OR­ING

Whether you opt for a flocked style or an allover green, take color into con­sid­er­a­tion. While in gen­eral medium green looks more au­then­tic than a bright, vivid green, you should also fac­tor in the species that the style is mod­eled on. King of Christ­mas of­fers ev­ery­thing from Cy­press, Fraser fir and Douglas fir to the more ex­otic Scar­lett fir, and each is colored ap­pro­pri­ately.

4. EASY SET UP

Ar­ti­fi­cial trees are sup­posed to make your life eas­ier, so look for a model that is easy to use.

Look for a tree that comes in seg­ments so it’s eas­ier to move and set up. King of Christ­mas makes hinged mod­els so the branches look more nat­u­ral with­out the need to do a lot of shap­ing. FOR MORE ON HOW TO PROP­ERLY CHOOSE AND SET UP YOUR

AR­TI­FI­CIAL TREE, GO TO KINGOFCHRISTMAS.COM.

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