Shoppers’ Guide: Artificial Trees


Want to spruce things up? Wannemaker’s has you covered. At Chicagoland’s Holiday Headquarters, we carry a huge selection of live and life-like trees, garlands and wreaths. If you’re in the market for an artificial tree, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind.

HEIGHT: Leave at least six inches between the top of your tree and the ceiling, in case you get a topper. Seven- to eight-foot trees are right for most standard ceilings.

SHAPE: The more space you have, the wider and fuller your tree can be. Slim trees are great for tight spaces, while full versions look best in living rooms.

NEEDLE TYPE: PVC needles are flat and papery, while PE needles have more dimension. If you’re looking for more realism, go for a higher PE count.

SPECIES: Artificial firs have denser branches, while spruces feature needles with four sides. Pines, meanwhile, are typically sparser with clusters of thin needles.

COLOR: While green is the most realistic, white can really make your ornaments pop—and frosted just might provide the best of both worlds. Whatever you choose, keep in mind that you’ll likely to have it for years to come!