The holidays are right around the corner. What’s a celebration without your main decoration? This post has all the answers you need to that burning question: What is the best artificial tree to buy? We put together a Christmas tree buying guide that lists down everything you need to know.

What to Consider:

1. When and Where to Buy Your Tree

2. How to Choose According to Height

3. Select by Shape

4. Find the Right Foliage Type

5. Know Your Christmas Lights Options

6. Pick the Tree Color That’s Right for You

7. How to Maintain an Artificial Tree

Did you know that a tree is the perfect decoration for any occasion? ‘Tis always the season.

1. Know When and Where to Buy Your Artificial Christmas

The main perk of shopping in stores or Christmas tree outlets is that you get to see and feel the “chosen one.” You can test out any technologies that come with it, too. However, prepare yourself for a potentially crazy crowd and slim pickings.

Surfing the web for choices may not let you see your tree up close and personal. But, know that you have a wide variety at your fingertips.

Tip: Before you click that checkout button, make sure to read up on the online store’s warranties and return policies. These should cover most defects, if any. Except of course for that last-minute decision change.

Whether you choose to buy your artificial Christmas tree at the mall or online, get the best bang for your buck. Quality trees don’t come cheap. Consider that Christmas trees can be used to decorate for any occasion all throughout the year. You need something that’s built to last.

Tip: First, set a realistic budget according to price range. Then, check your options. It’s the smart way to shop whether it’s online or not.

Here are the best times to shop for an artificial Christmas tree:

  • Black Friday
  • Cyber Monday
  • Post-Christmas Sales
  • Christmas in July Sales
  • Special Online Sales like Amazon’s Prime Day

Or, cut right to the chase and check out our colorful and green artificial Christmas trees on sale.

2. Choose Your Christmas Tree According to Height

The next thing to consider is the height of your Christmas tree. They come in various sizes to suit the available space you have at home.

Under 5.5 Foot Trees

Short on space and a tabletop tree doesn’t cut it? You might want to consider one that’s 4 feet in height. Trees 5.5 feet and below are ideal for apartments with a low ceiling height.

Image and pencil tree theme by Jennifer Perkins

6 to 6.5 Foot Trees

If you have a little more space to spare, then why not opt for a tree that’s 6 to 6.5 feet? It won’t take up as much space as an average-sized Christmas tree, but it sure looks like one.

Image and Nutcracker decorating theme by Kara of A Kailo Chic Life

7 to 7.5 Foot Trees

Got enough room in your living area? Then go for the most common height: 7 to 7.5 feet.

Image and tropical tree decorating theme by Lizzy of The Connoisseur of Cute

8 to 9 Foot Trees

If you want things a little extra, try out an 8 to 9-footer. Make sure you have enough ceiling space for this height range.

Image and jewel tones decorating theme by Jennifer Perkins

10 Foot and Up Trees

Ready to go all out with a tree that’s fit for a mall display? Try one that measures 10 feet or more. Just make sure you have enough floor space and ceiling height.

Image and gold and green decorating theme by Amy of A Nest for All Seasons

Think about it. What’s the use of having a beautiful Christmas tree if you and your guests don’t have room to party?

Read our guide on how to determine what
Christmas tree height goes best where.

3. Pick the Right Christmas Tree Shape for Your Space

Height isn’t the only thing that matters when you’re considering the size of your tree. Christmas tree shapes define the overall width of your holiday centerpiece. There are three basic profiles: pencil, slim, and full Christmas trees.

Treetopia has a fourth shape made for tight living spaces: our flatback and corner trees.

Full Christmas Trees

Shown here is the Alexander Fir Christmas Tree.

The most popular shape of them all is the full Christmas tree. The traditional profile reminds you of the real tree you had as a kid. What you need to consider is your floor area and ceiling height. You need to have a lot of space to spare.

Slim Christmas Trees

Shown here is the Snowy Spruce Flocked Tree.

A slim Christmas tree is an ideal choice for folks who want something that looks like a full one, but lack room.

Pencil Christmas Trees

Go Christmas tree shopping for a white pencil tree

Shown here is the Skim Milk Pencil Christmas Tree.

The unique profile of a pencil Christmas tree makes it a good option whether you have a huge or small space. It’s a statement piece through and through. In fact, it looks amazing decorated, lit up, or not.

Flatback and Corner Christmas Trees

Shown here is the My Better Half Christmas Tree.

Finally, we have the space-saving wonders of the Christmas tree universe: flatback and corner trees. As their names suggest, they’re either half a tree or shaped to fit neatly in any corner. You can hang some on your wall which leaves you more room to stack your presents. These trees work well for dorm rooms and tiny flats.

Shown here is the Knocked Upside-down Tree.

Here’s something that deserves an extra special mention: the upside-down Christmas tree. Say hello to more floor space and fun, fun, fun!

Check out our post for the lowdown on
Christmas tree shapes.

4. Find Your Foliage

So, you’ve made the decision to go for an artificial Christmas tree this year. This means you have more to choose from in terms of shape and color to express your unique style. Foliage should play a big role in your tree hunt. This Christmas tree buying guide explains what to look for.

  • Realistic PE Needles

PE Needles

Want a tree that looks like it belongs in a Christmas tree farm? Your best bet would be green foliage that’s made from PE (polyethelene) with just a small percentage of PVC (polyvinyl chloride). These will have guests saying, “This tree could have fooled me!” Check out our selection of Realistic Christmas Trees to see what we mean.

PVC Needles

One of the benefits of artificial Christmas trees is you can have one in any shade. Or, even one that has every hue of the rainbow. Colorful foliage is typically made from 100% PVC. It may not look as real as PE foliage but hey, realism isn’t the name of the game here. It’s COLOR. Oh, and did we forget to mention patterns? Go crazy for our colorful and patterned trees!

Tinsel Needles

If you want something that scores a 10 for shine, then cop a Christmas tree with foliage made from tinsel. It’s also a bonus when you’re going for that vintage vibe. Here’s a tip: choose a tinsel tree with needles that are flame-retardant like ours.

Take a deep dive on Christmas tree foliage types.

5. Know Your Lighting Options

Next up on our Christmas tree buying guide is how to choose according to light type. The traditional or incandescent types of Christmas lights are clear, multicolor, and colorful. Then, there are LED lights, which come in clear, multicolor, and color-changing variants.

Traditional Christmas Tree Lights

  • How to choose a christmas tree with clear lights
    Clear Incandescent Lights

If you want an old-fashioned Christmas, then traditional clear lights are the way to go. You can also opt for the multicolor type to take all that green foliage up a notch with lights in different hues. Finally, colorful lights come in the same shade as your tree’s foliage for a consistent look. Some of our pre-lit colorful trees have light strings in the same color as the foliage and the lights. Pretty amazing, right?

LED Christmas Tree Lights

The great thing about LED lighting is that it’s an energy saver. Plus, color-changing variants let you switch from clear lights to multicolored ones. It’s all in the settings.

Treetopia’s Color Blast technology lets you play around with speed and brightness using a nifty remote control. Pressed for time? Choose from any of the pre-set options.

Know more about your Christmas lighting options.
Put lights on an unlit tree with our guide.

6. Color Christmas Your Way

Many of us grew up with a Christmas tree in classic green. Some of us want to keep with decorating tradition, which we think is wonderful. Just so you know, there’s a whole range of tree colors to match the one-of-a-kind decorating theme you have up your sleeve. This Christmas tree buying guide was designed to help you choose according to color.

Green for the Win

It’s that tree out of your favorite Christmas story. Or, a life-sized version of the one in your prized snow globe passed down from one generation to the next.

Go for a Christmas tree in traditional green.

Pictured here is the Colorblast Balsam Spruce.

Positively Pink

Today, a pink Christmas tree screams more than girl power. It’s a fresh and fun way to decorate for any occasion. Use one to symbolize the good things in life. Most especially harmonious and affectionate relationships that matter.

Pump it up with our pink Christmas tree selection.

Shown here is the Rose All Day Tree.

Wonderful in White

Want to fulfill the ultimate Christmas dream? Look no further than a white Christmas tree. Any color theme you choose in terms of ornaments will pop against this backdrop. It’s also a clean-looking choice for modern homes.

Wake up to a white Christmas with one of our trees

Shown here is the Polaris White Christmas Tree.

Shine in Silver

Pick a silver Christmas tree if you’re going for a retro or space-age vibe. Whether you leave it bare or jazz it up with decorations, it’s a stunner. It looks amazing in an area with a white and gray color palette.

Add some decorating shimmer with a silver Christmas tree.

Shown here is the Timeless Tinsel Tree.

Gold for Glam

The real party starts with a gold Christmas tree. Use it as a centerpiece for Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or any event that calls for a whole lotta glam.

Bring on the glitz with a gold Christmas tree.

Shown here is the Toasted Champagne Tinsel Tree.

Yes, to Yellow or Orange

A sight for sore eyes, yellow and orange Christmas trees let the sunshine into any room. If you’re decorating for summer or fall, these are good options.

Keep things bright and fun with a yellow or orange Christmas tree.

Shown here is the Basics – Yellow tree.

Ring it In with Red

A red Christmas tree is a strong design statement. Use one if you think your living area needs a burst of color. It adds instant pizzazz just like your favorite shade of red lipstick.

Rev up your holidays with a red Christmas tree.

Shown here is the Lipstick Red Tree.

Dreamy in Blue or Purple

Purple and blue Christmas trees are unusual and unique like you. These are brave color choices you won’t regret as they set a calm and cool mood to any room.

Polish your decorating theme with blue and purple Christmas trees.

Shown here is the Blue and Black Ombre Tree .

Back in Black

The opposite of white but similar in effect is the black Christmas tree—it’s every bit as striking and versatile. It’s a Halloween crowd pleaser, too.

Make a bold statement with a black Christmas tree.

Shown here is the Space Odyssey Tree.

Play with Patterns

Not satisfied with one color? Go for two or more with a patterned tree. Dress your tree like a candy cane, celebrate the 4th of July with a bang, or stand proud for Pride Month. You can’t go wrong with a patterned tree.

Shake things up with a patterned Christmas tree.

Shown here is the Color Burst Rainbow Tree.

7. Make Christmas Tree Care a Priority

No Christmas tree buying guide would be complete without tips on how to care for your holiday centerpiece. You bought the tree and decorated it for the holidays, now you need to keep it in tip-top shape for years to come.

Image by Jennifer Perkins

We’re including a list of tree care how-tos in our Christmas tree buying guide to help you out. Click on each to learn more:

We hope our Christmas Tree Buying Guide makes choosing the right artificial tree so much easier. Share this post with people you think need a hand this holiday season. Have a happy and stress-free one ahead!


  1. MDee_Treetopia Reply

    Hi Kathy,

    The width of our trees is measured across the bottom of the tree (at its widest part), from side to side or front to back (the diameter of the widest branch). Widths can vary between 1-3 inches, depending on how you shape your tree. These measurements are taken when the tree us fully fluffed and the branches have all be shaped and extended out.

    We hope this helps.


  2. Susan Kelleher Reply

    Which is your fullest tree – the kind with the fewest gaps between the branches?

    • MDee_Treetopia Reply

      Hi Susan,

      Thank you for your interest in a Treetopia Christmas tree! We recommend the Alexander Fir Tree – one of our fullest and best selling trees, which you can find here: Please always remember that the first time you assemble and shape your tree will require the most shaping to give the tree its full lush appearance.

      All of our trees come in sections and not individual branches. If you’re still curious about what we have to offer, you can view our trees at

      We wish you the best of luck in your hunt for the perfect tree!

      If there is anything else we can help you with, please contact us by sending an email to

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