Find the ideal Christmas tree for your home

There is no more important Christmas decoration than the tree. If you're looking for a tree that lasts years, with realistic evergreen foliage, look no further. Tesco have put together a guide to help you buy an artificial Christmas tree.

From large spruce to make a family room come together to a decorative fibre optic tree to add some colour, we have plenty of choice for any home. Find an attractive polyethylene (PE) tree to last year after year. Learn what size, height, needle type, and effects are available.

Tree size

Christmas trees come in a range of different heights. Fans of real Spruce Christmas trees will want something like a Tesco 6ft pine. These reflect the size of natural evergreen species such as the Norway Spruce.

Large living rooms with big windows are ideal for housing these beautiful trees. Small 1-2ft size trees brighten a shelf or hall table. Alternatively try a medium-sized 3-4ft tree for an apartment or shared house.

In terms of width, most large trees have a base measuring around 3-4ft. Slim Christmas trees are available too. These are designed to slot into tight corners - perfect for smaller households. Trees under 3ft tall tend to be around 1ft in diameter when assembled.

Remember to leave enough space at the top for an angel or a star - you don't want your tree sweeping the ceiling.

Type of needles

Artificial Christmas trees are usually made with Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and Polyethylene (PE). Other materials and effects, including vibrant fibre optic branches are also available. Whichever material you choose, check the needle count when you buy. The more needles that a tree holds, the more realistic it will look.

PVC Christmas trees: PVC has been used for many years to make artificial Christmas trees. This type of tree is made by twisting thin strips of PVC around a piece of wire made to look like a pine branch. This method is cost-effective, making them a good choice that should last a few years.

PE Christmas trees: PE Christmas trees are made by injection-moulding plastic. Therefore the needles are 3-dimensional, rather than made from a flat sheet. The effect is a much more realistic foliage, with natural-looking pine needles and branches. In addition, the needles feel softer, much like a real pine Christmas tree.

Some trees contain a mixture of both PE and PVC materials and as PE is a little more expensive, Christmas trees using PE can last up to 10-15 years if looked after.

Tinsel trees: As a cheaper artificial option, a tinsel Christmas tree makes a good temporary fix. This makes them ideal if you are in the middle of moving home or spending Christmas in a one-off location. They are often smaller, lightweight and usually 'pop-up' in design, making assembly easy. Tinsel trees come in a wide range of colours from gold to pink, and they are perfect for children's bedrooms or for decorating hallways. You can still hang a few baubles or your favourite ornaments.

Fibre optic: A fibre optic Christmas tree can be a striking addition to any room. With colour-changing effects, they are great for festive parties. They work by projecting light from a bulb inside the tree trunk. This is in turn reflected by fine fibres within the pine 'needles' so the light shines through the individual tips. Different colours are achieved through the use of a rotating colour wheel next to the light source. Unlike other artificial trees, they need to be plugged in for a constant effect.

Christmas tree effects

Flocked or accented needles: flocking or accenting is a popular effect that often comes with artificial trees. Simply put-this is a silvery coating that is sprayed onto the branches. A flocked Christmas tree looks like it's been dusted with snow or glitter. This brings the fresh look of the outdoors inside, as well as a little sparkle and glamour to your living room.

Accented trees are sometimes decorated with other natural elements. These include things like winter berries and pine cones, such as our Tesco 6.5ft Pine Tree. If you're set on this style, these trees can create an attractive look with little effort. If you want more flexibility from year to year, you can always choose a plain tree. This lets you buy flocking or dust to add your own finishing touches at home.

Pre-lit Christmas trees: Perfect for those too busy with gift-buying in the run up to Christmas, some trees come already pre-loaded with LED lights so that you can simply erect and plug in, without the hassle of weaving in the electrics yourself. Again, if you want to refresh your decorations frequently, you might not want built-in Christmas lights, but these trees still represent a very convenient solution and can offer better value than buying separate decorations.

Christmas tree assembly

The design of an artificial Christmas tree is usually constructed in one of two ways. Pole designs are assembled in sections and have branches that hook into the main stand individually. By contrast, hinged Christmas trees or frame designs are, in effect, already put together: all you need to do is pull down the branches, which are hinged where they meet the 'trunk', and then bend out the adjoining branches. The latter is fairly quick to put up and take down, but check the material of the hinges first, as metal ones last much longer.

How to dress the perfect Christmas tree

For a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to dress your tree to impress. From checking your fairy lights, to adding beautiful Christmas tree decorations or ornaments, to those really important finishing touches, Tesco direct is here to help you every step of the way whether you prefer an artificial Christmas tree or a real one. Take a look at our chart to help find the ideal number of decorations per tree.

Tree Lights quantity (pcs) Baubles quantity (pcs) Length of tinsel Length of bead chains
2ft 20 10 2m 1.8m
3ft 20 20 2m 2.7m
4ft 50 40 2m 2.7m
6ft 200-250 80 2m x 2 pieces 5m x 2pcs
6.5ft 250-300 90 2m x 2 pieces 5m x 2pcs
7ft 350 100 2m x 2 pieces 5m x 2pcs
8ft 600 120 2m x 3 pieces 5m x 2pcs
10ft 800 200 2m x 4 pieces 5m x 3pcs
15ft 1200 400 2m x 4 pieces 5m x 3pcs