How to choose the best artificial Christmas trees and where to find them

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It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas.

One key Christmas decor item is, of course, a Christmas tree. If you’re not into using a real one, artificial Christmas trees are a great, reusable choice

But what are the best options for you? “Good Morning America” tapped Antoinette Boston, a holiday decor expert and pro tree-decorator, as well as Josephine Kim, Balsam Hill director of merchandising for trees and greenery, to help us find the best trees and learn how to style them.

Choosing the Perfect Tree

“When it comes to choosing a tree, the best type is one that resonates with your personality and decorating style,” Kim told “Good Morning America.” Other considerations include determining the space you’ll be placing your tree. Do you have room for a small tree or a tall one?

Tree Size and Ceiling Height

“A good rule of thumb is to have at least 6 inches between the top of your tree and the ceiling,” Kim explained. “This also accounts for a topper or any decorative stand that adds height to the tree. So, if you have the standard 9-foot ceiling and a 12-inch angel topper, you’d want a 7.5-foot Christmas tree. We measure our trees from the stand to the topmost tip.”

Realism, Species, and Color

Kim also pointed to factors like levels of realism, tree species, and color.

Realism: Balsam Hill offers trees ranging from traditional to most realistic. “PVC needles are flat and papery while polyethylene (PE) needles have more dimension,” Kim said. “Some trees feature a combination of both — the more realistic the tree, the higher the PE count.”

Species and Color: Just like real trees, artificial ones come in various species, each with its unique style. For instance, spruces, pines, and firs all have different appearances and colors. A noble fir has a grey tint, while a blue fir leans blue-green.

Pre-Lit vs. Unlit: To save time, Boston recommended buying a pre-lit tree. “After purchasing lights separately, you’ve now spent the same amount as a pre-lit tree, and you still have to spend an hour or more stringing the lights,” she said.

Balsam Hill Vermont White Spruce

  • Type: Most Realistic
  • Height: 7.5 feet
  • Price: $799 (originally $1249)

Decorating Your Artificial Christmas Tree

Once you’ve chosen the perfect tree, it’s time to decorate it! Boston shared some of her favorite tips for making your tree look stunning.

Ornaments and Ribbon

Boston loves using larger ornaments, round baubles measuring 4 to 8 inches that “fill the tree quickly.” She also adds ribbon for a “touch of luxury” and floral or themed stems inserted into the tree to “add a layer of dimension and fill empty spots.”

Adding Realism

Boston suggested using real or faux cedar branches throughout the tree to make it look more realistic. “The real branches will also give your tree the nostalgic Christmas tree smell,” she said.

Flocked Trees

If you have a green tree but want a snowy or flocked look, Boston recommended adding flocked stems and sprays. “This will give the illusion of a flocked tree and allow for either green or flocked in the future without having to purchase a second tree,” she said.

What’s Trending This Year?

“Surprising new color combos that work across fall and winter holidays — mixing tonal blues with greens is popular and works well into the new year,” Kim said. “We are also seeing a trend in florals mixing shades of burgundy, apricot, mauve, mocha, and ivory with some green, which also works well across the holidays.”

Home Depot’s 9 ft. Pre-Lit LED Grand Duchess Balsam Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

  • Height: 9 feet
  • Price: $499

Inspired to start your Christmas decor shopping? Check out these expert picks and get ready to create a festive and beautiful holiday atmosphere in your home!

Are you planning on decorating your home for Christmas this year? If you need more tips or have any specific questions, feel free to ask!

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