Living room decorated for the Holidays with a Christmas tree

How to Pick the Perfect Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree is the star of the Holiday decor in many homes. Friends and family gather around it and, of course, it’s where all the gifts are! Two types of Christmas trees exist: natural and artificial. Read on to decide which of the two is right for you.

Potted artificial Christmas tree on a porch
Artificial Christmas Trees

Is a timelessly beautiful artificial Christmas tree right for you? Artificial trees have been gradually gaining in popularity for several reasons.

Here are their three key advantages:

Effortless Care and Upkeep

Artificial trees—unlike the real thing—require no maintenance. There’s no need to water them or sweep up any fallen needles.

Simple Setup and Storage

Thanks to their hinged or folding mechanisms, artificial trees can be set up in a flash. And they’re just as easy to take down! They fold up neatly and require minimal storage space.

Considerable Savings

Store it properly after each Holiday season and your artificial tree will stay beautiful for years. This cost-effective option saves you from purchasing a new tree every year; and since some trees come prelit, you save on buying light sets as well.

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Choose the Perfect Artificial Christmas Tree
A wide variety of styles and designs are available, so you can select the perfect tree for your home and decor. Consider the following factors when selecting your tree.
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Height
Typically, artificial trees are between 5 and 8.5’ tall, making them suitable for most living areas. For cathedral ceilings, high ceilings, or to make a statement, opt for a 9’ tree or taller.
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Width
From full to slender, artificial trees are available in a variety of shapes. A slim tree could be more suitable for a more compact living space, as it won’t overcrowd the space.
Drawing of a Christmas tree with lights
Lighting
Many artificial Christmas trees come equipped with LED lights, as well as a range of lighting options, from classic white to multicoloured bulbs. Some trees even come with settings for various enchanting lighting patterns.
Drawing of three Christmas trees with different ornaments
Style
No matter your style, there is an artificial tree with the lighting and ornaments you’ll love. You’ll find the style that will light up your Holiday season.
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Pro Tip

Though traditionally artificial trees are made from polyvinyl chloride, you can now find models made from polyethylene, which creates a more natural-looking tree. Choose the latter for a more realistic look.
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Outdoor Trees
Don’t just deck the halls: add an artificial tree to your porch or doorstep too! Choose from a wide range of durable and enchanting outdoor options to liven up your Holiday season, including flocked trees and potted pre-lit shrubs. Potted Christmas trees—prelit in decorative planters—are a simple and stunning addition. Enjoy the convenience of battery-operated trees with built-in timers, and switch on the Holiday spirit.
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Natural Christmas Trees
Though artificial trees offer a number of advantages, many people still prefer the tradition of the real thing. Despite a variety of high-quality replicates, artificial trees can’t totally recreate the look, feel, and fresh scent of natural trees we know and love.
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Selecting the Right Natural Christmas Tree

Of course, opting for a natural Christmas tree means reliving the excitement of picking out the perfect one year after year. The fresher the tree is when purchased, the longer its needles will last. To test the tree’s freshness, grasp a twig between your thumb and forefinger and slide your fingers along it. Five to ten needles should fall off, but this may change if the weather is particularly dry or cold.

Don’t forget to check out our fresh seasonal plants such as wreaths, garlands, and poinsettias to add even more life to your decor.

Person watering a natural Christmas tree
Caring for a Natural Christmas Tree

Though natural Christmas trees require more care and upkeep than their artificial counterparts, the effort does pay off! First, set up a tree stand capable of storing at least 4 L of water. Insert your tree into your stand within 4 hours of purchasing to ensure the sap hasn’t sealed the trunk and prevented it from taking in water. First fill the stand with warm water to promote sap flow. Then, top it up once a day.

Natural mulch
Environmental Considerations

We offer responsibly-sourced and fresh balsam firs, Fraser firs, and Cook firs. The Cook fir is a new variety used to replace the Fraser, which is becoming harder to find on the market. The Cook fir offers a quality somewhere between a balsam and a Fraser. Once the Holiday season is over, Christmas trees can be turned into mulch and used in your garden or landscaping projects.

Dress Up Your Christmas Tree
Whether you’ve opted for natural or artificial, you now have your tree and it’s time for the fun part: decorating! Discover our best tips to create a striking, unique tree:
Decorated Christmas tree
1
Fluff Your Tree
Don’t neglect the most important part! Separate the branches from one another, then adjust them so they aren’t clustered together. Not only will this give the tree a fuller look, but it will also leave more space for your favourite ornaments. Repeat this step all around the tree, being careful not to leave any big holes.
2
Hang Your Garland
Choose a hidden branch at the top of your tree, and tie your garland around the base of it. Then, create a loop by twisting the ribbon around a branch 10-12” lower than the first branch, securing it into place. Make sure to leave a gap between the ribbon and tree, for more dimension. Whether you prefer the diagonal, vertical, or horizontal look, feel free to try different methods of wrapping your ribbon around your tree.
3
Unleash Your Imagination
For a unique look, alternate contrasting ribbon colours. Choose 2-3 colours for your tree’s theme, and stick to these colours when selecting your ribbons. For a tree that makes a statement, opt for shiny or glittery ribbons. For a more rustic look, choose natural ribbons with organic motifs.
4
Hang Your Ornaments with Care
There are three main types of ornaments: themed, accent, and core. Themed decorations typically feature icons or Holiday characters in great detail. Spread these out evenly around your tree. Accent ornaments come in simple shapes and silhouettes and look best placed in between themed ornaments. Core ornaments feature plain, solid colours; these should make up most of your tree’s decorations. Be sure to scatter core ornaments around all parts of the tree branches, closer to the trunk and centre of the tree as well.
5
Top Your Tree
Install your tree topper by securing it onto the top branches. Put your topper in the spotlight by making a bauble garland: thread a few ornaments onto a metal wire and hang it around the bottom of the topper.
1
Fluff Your Tree
Don’t neglect the most important part! Separate the branches from one another, then adjust them so they aren’t clustered together. Not only will this give the tree a fuller look, but it will also leave more space for your favourite ornaments. Repeat this step all around the tree, being careful not to leave any big holes.
2
Hang Your Garland
Choose a hidden branch at the top of your tree, and tie your garland around the base of it. Then, create a loop by twisting the ribbon around a branch 10-12” lower than the first branch, securing it into place. Make sure to leave a gap between the ribbon and tree, for more dimension. Whether you prefer the diagonal, vertical, or horizontal look, feel free to try different methods of wrapping your ribbon around your tree.
3
Unleash Your Imagination
For a unique look, alternate contrasting ribbon colours. Choose 2-3 colours for your tree’s theme, and stick to these colours when selecting your ribbons. For a tree that makes a statement, opt for shiny or glittery ribbons. For a more rustic look, choose natural ribbons with organic motifs.
4
Hang Your Ornaments with Care
There are three main types of ornaments: themed, accent, and core. Themed decorations typically feature icons or Holiday characters in great detail. Spread these out evenly around your tree. Accent ornaments come in simple shapes and silhouettes and look best placed in between themed ornaments. Core ornaments feature plain, solid colours; these should make up most of your tree’s decorations. Be sure to scatter core ornaments around all parts of the tree branches, closer to the trunk and centre of the tree as well.
5
Top Your Tree
Install your tree topper by securing it onto the top branches. Put your topper in the spotlight by making a bauble garland: thread a few ornaments onto a metal wire and hang it around the bottom of the topper.

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