artificial Christmas tree guide

Christmas tree shopping is a great experience for most homeowners looking to get their first tree or replace an old one. However, with all the new technology that accompanies a modern artificial tree, it can confuse the best of us. We’re here to make sure you get something amazing out of your shopping, virtual or otherwise, with this Treetopia Christmas Tree Buying Guide.

1. Christmas Tree Height

If you want the tallest tree possible for your home, we recommend giving at least 6 inches of breathing room between the top of the tree and your ceiling. This means getting a 7.5-foot tree for a standard 8 or 9-foot ceiling.

Consider any ceiling furnishings, like fans and pendant lights, that can get snagged by the top of your tree. You also want to make sure that your favorite tree topper isn’t obscured by a ceiling fixture.

For rooms with high ceilings, like luxury apartments or industrial flats, you can go for the tallest tree available if you wish. Just make sure you have the same horizontal real estate.

2. Shape

tree shapes christmas tree buying guide

Horizontal real estate is where the shape or profile of the tree comes into play. Our post, Christmas Tree 101: Full vs Slim vs Pencil Christmas Tree, discusses the three popular tree shapes in detail.

Essentially, a traditional Christmas tree with a full profile will be wide and sloping, while a slim tree will have a comparably narrower figure. On the other hand, a pencil tree will have an extremely steep slope and a silhouette similar to a freshly sharpened pencil.

Width and Profile

When deciding on the shape, first determine the space the tree will occupy. Are you looking to place a centerpiece in a large, open area like your living room? Or a secondary tree placed in a much smaller space, like your dining or family room?

Also, remember to check the width of the tree you’re purchasing as this will give you a good estimate of how it will fit in the space you’re going to put it in. On the Treetopia site, you can easily find the height, width, and profile of the tree you want in a specs sheet conveniently located on the upper right-hand corner of the page.

3. Christmas Tree Foliage and Needle Types

PE and PVC Christmas tree buying guide
66% Realistic PE Needles (left), 100% Classic PVC Needles (right)

Modern artificial Christmas trees are made with PE, PVC, or a combination of both. You will be able to identify the type of foliage or the percentage of each material used in “the foliage” section when viewing a Treetopia Christmas tree.

pink pvc christmas tree buying guide
Classic PVC Needles

PVC needles are made from strands of PVC that visually resemble evergreen foliage. They can be crafted in a variety of colors and give trees a lush appearance, so it’s no surprise that all of Treetopia’s colorful Christmas trees are crafted from PVC material.

Tree with Realistic PE Needles

PE plastic is injected into molds to create Realistic PE Needles. Needles made from PE can mimic the color, texture, and even the subtle shading of the real thing, so they are generally found in high-end Green Christmas trees. However, this means that a full PE tree can be more expensive than a full PVC tree.

Do you want a fun tree with colorful foliage? A full PVC tree is the best way to go. Do you want a traditional green tree that looks like the real thing? A tree with PE foliage or a high percentage of it would be your best bet.

4. Lighting Options

light types christmas tree buying guide
Clear-lit (left), Colorfully-lit (center), and Mutli-lit (right) options

Unless you prefer stringing your own lights, you can save yourself a lot of time during set up and storage by purchasing a pre-lit Christmas tree. Plus, pre-lit trees are strung professionally and have light strings that match their foliage for a clean look.

The most common lighting options available are Clear, Multicolor, and Colorfully-lit. There are also trees available with Color Changing LED lights. No matter which type you prefer, make sure to get UL®-approved lights because they stay on even if a bulb burns out, saving you a lot of hassle, especially during Christmas gatherings.

LED and Light Guide
LED lights on Christmas trees are becoming more popular because of their energy-saving quality. Unlike the warm glow of traditional lights, they offer a bright white or bluish-white glow.

As a rule of thumb, your tree should have 100 light bulbs per foot of the tree. This means a full 7.5-foot tree should have about 750 lights. Since LEDs glow brighter, a tree can be well-lit with less than 100 lights per foot.

5. Style

We hope our guide has been helpful, but we know the Treetopian Lifestyle isn’t just about numbers and tech specs. From Pretty in Pink Tabletop Trees to a traditional, full-profile green Christmas tree, Treetopia’s vast collection caters to most any style.

How about a Stiletto Black Pencil Tree for a chic black and white New Year’s Party? Or, Orange and Yellow trees as a backdrop of your Thanksgiving feast? How would your collection of vintage ornaments look on a Silver Christmas Tree? At the end of the day, the tree you purchase should perfectly match just not your space but also your style!

Make sure your Christmas tree shopping experience is as awesome as the tree you’re taking home with this Christmas Tree Buying Guide from Treetopia. Do you have any tips for buying a Christmas tree? Let us know in the comments section below!


  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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