A well-made artificial tree should have foliage that resembles a real Christmas tree and this is often determined by the quantity of the branch tips and the design of the foliage. Having more branch tips is usually preferred because it makes for a fuller looking tree. Let’s have a look at two of the best ways to tell if an artificial tree is high-quality or not.
If the tree is designed to show off the trunk you will require fewer branch tips than a tree that has a fuller look to hide the center pole. Also, if the tree has longer needles, fewer tips will be used so the tree does not look like an overgrown bush. When purchasing a tree, specifically online, try to get a close-up photo of the tree and look to see if the center pole is visible. If you can see the pole, this is a sign of low quality and you should probably consider other options.
All the higher-quality trees usually come with some kind of sturdy metal stand. Metal stands are able to hold a lot of weight and are normally very durable. Try to avoid plastic stands and badly-constructed metal stands; this will ensure that your tree does not lean or topple over. Another high-quality trait to look for is rubber feet on the tree stand so that it does not scratch your tile or wooden floors.
Hinged branches that are attached directly to the center pole are another sign that a tree is of higher-quality. This makes setting up the tree much easier, as you can open the branches like a dove tail and then push them back in place when you pack your tree away again. Lower-quality trees come with hooked branches where you have to attach all the branches to the center pole; this makes for a tedious set-up and takes a longer time to complete.
Various brands of artificial Christmas trees will offer different types of foliage, but they will usually be made of one of the two materials most commonly used to make artificial Christmas trees. The materials commonly used are PVC (polyvinyl chloride or vinyl) and PE (Polyethylene), and these materials are sometimes mixed by manufacturers to achieve a certain look. PVC is the most widely used of the two but PE, although it is not as common, is thought to be of a higher quality; trees that are made with it will have a more lifelike appearance and are usually more expensive.
No matter what type of foliage or even what type of tree you prefer, when buying a tree online always try to find a high-resolution photo of the specific tree. This will help you determine the quality and craftsmanship. If you are buying a tree in person, look for a display unit if possible and see how it has worn on display, as many people would have touched and handled the tree. This will give you an idea of the quality and the sturdiness of the tree. Follow the tips in this article and you’ll be sure to get an artificial tree that not only looks real, but will survive many a festive season as well.