This post is in partnership with Balsam Hill.
It’s a topic that comes up every year and one that I hear people talk about all the time! Real versus artificial Christmas trees! Which team are you on? I’m actually on both and I’ll explain why in a second, but today I want to talk about the differences between our real and artificial tree and hear your opinions.
Real Versus Artificial Christmas Trees
Every year we have one real tree in our main living room. It is our family tradition to head to our local tree farm and pick out a real tree together. Then we have 1-2 artificial trees throughout the rest of the house, those I can put up early and not have to worry about them dying by the end of the season!
This year, Balsam Hill sent me one of the 9′ Frasier Fir Artificial Tree and I’m going to compare it to our real 9′ Frasier Fir we got at our local tree farm.
For me, one of the most noticeable differences is the color of the tree. This may have a lot to do with where we live, the PNW is so lush and green that our Frasier Fir from here is a very deep green. The faux tree is a much lighter green , especially on the tips of the branches.
The needle length is different as well. The real tree has longer needle length making it seem fuller. The artificial Christmas tree has shorter needles and there are only realistic branches in the front, where the parts closer to the base are more filler branches. By fluffing the branches, this can create a fuller look. I have always been so impressed by how all realistic all of the Balsam Hill trees and greenery feel.
Trees found in nature are rarely perfectly symmetrical, so if you crave that perfect shape I would definitely go with the faux. They really have gorgeous lines and you can always count on them being the perfect shape. When it come to real Christmas trees, you have to really search for one with a great shape! We always have to hunt for one at the tree farm!
This point may be pretty obvious, but with a real tree we get 4 weeks max until it starts get too dry. We typically take ours down right after Christmas because the needles start breaking off.
With a faux tree, you can use it for years and years to come! I love that I can put my faux trees up as early as I want and I don’t have to worry about watering them!
Here are how the trees look all lite up! I also did little IGTV video talking about the trees, you can view that here!
So what about you? Do you prefer real or artificial Christmas trees?
Balsam Hill has so many wonderful artificial Christmas trees to choose from, head here to shop!