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The 10 Best Places to Buy a Christmas Tree of 2022

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Samantha Parsons

Samantha Parsons

Samantha has been writing for The Spruce since 2021. Her free time is often spent vetting and testing products to use personally and professionally.

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Updated on 03/22/22

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Buying an artificial Christmas tree is easier than ever, with hundreds of options both in-store and online.

We researched the best sites that offer real and artificial Christmas trees, considering delivery time, quality, and overall aesthetic. Our list includes pre-lit options from Balsam Hill, traditional fir styles from Home Depot, and trees suitable for family-sized homes from Lowe's.

Here are the best places to purchase your next artificial Christmas tree.

In This Article

  • Our Picks

  • What to Look for

  • Why Trust the Spruce

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View On Lowe's

What We Like

  • Military discount available

  • In-store pick-up available

  • Locations throughout the US

What We Don't Like

Lowes offers a plethora of artificial trees, perfect for small apartments and family-sized homes alike.

The website's overall design is user-friendly, with options to compare different species, shapes, colors, and lighting styles of trees. You’ll be able to choose from a wide range of sizes, starting with small 3-foot options to huge 12-foot trees. There is even an option to filter through what trees are currently unavailable when you're shopping. Prices will vary, but affordable options begin in the mid hundred range.

The prices of Christmas trees at Lowe’s start at around $30 and go up, depending on the size you want. When you buy a tree in-store, Lowe's will typically wrap the tree in netting, making transport easier. They'll also cut the stem so the tree can more readily take up water. Overall, our editors love Lowe's for any Christmas tree needs.

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View On Home Depot

What We Like

  • Military discount available

  • In-store pickup available

  • Locations throughout the US

  • Diverse styles

What We Don't Like

With a slogan of "How doers get more done," it makes sense that Home Depot would have a wide variety of holiday trees in stock. Styles resemble a more traditional fir, multi-colored branches of artificial pine, and even a technicolor cactus.

Since Home Depot is a mass retailer, it allows consumers to shop in-store, online, or pick up their purchases the same day—meaning that even last-minute shoppers will have a tree. With real-time customer support, the ability to compare models, and hassle-free returns, getting an artificial tree through this handyman's go-to has never been easier.

Balsam Hill

View On Balsamhill.com

What We Like

What We Don't Like

  • Pricier than competitors

  • Shipping could be longer during the holiday season

  • Smaller tree selection

If there is one thing that Balsam Hill knows, it's artificial Christmas trees. Founder Mac Harman started the company when a family member wanted to create a festive atmosphere during the holiday season, despite an allergy to living trees. After copious searching left him empty-handed, he created Balsam Hill with the sole purpose of making the most realistic, high-quality trees on the market.

On their site, Balsam Hill offers Firs and Spruces ranging from thin to thick, frosted to traditional, and trees can be as tall as 18 feet. If you aren't sure what variety is the right fit for you and your family, they even offer a sample kit that includes full branches of each tree type. You won't have to worry about making the wrong decision. Our editors also love that the trees come prelit, making the decoration process more streamlined and effortless.

Best Christmas Tree Delivery Services

Wayfair

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What We Like

What We Don't Like

It's no secret that Wayfair is the go-to source for furniture or other household items for many, but did you know they are well-stocked with artificial trees?

Like most items on the site, you won't have to worry too much about an option being too far outside of your budget, as prices tend to be lower than most online retailers. They offer a generous range of styles, including flocked, white, pre-lit, slim, and even the upside-down tree, which has grown increasingly popular in recent years. Wayfair also offers real trees, though they're usually much smaller—about the size of a house plant.

On each tree's product description page, you can find tree measurements, shipping costs (which is almost always free for trees), plus the estimated arrival date at first glance, making your online shopping experience as convenient as possible. Be sure to read the reviews to make sure your selection lives up to your quality expectations.

View On Walmart

What We Like

What We Don't Like

Walmart's website offers hundreds of real and artificial tree options from brands you'll find everywhere else. The interface is easy to navigate, and there are not many gimmicks or hurdles to finding a tree. Should you choose to check out the selection for yourself, something like an artificial Christmas tree will be in the gardening section.

Walmart generally sells trees wrapped up, so you don't get to see exactly what you're buying, but you can’t beat their low prices—smaller trees start at just $20.

Alternatively, you can buy a live Christmas tree from Walmart online, having it delivered right to your doorstep. While undeniably convenient, this service does cost more, as Christmas trees are bulky and heavy to ship.

View On Amazon

What We Like

  • Fast delivery (especially for Prime Members)

  • Wide assortment of brands and styles

  • Wide range of price points

What We Don't Like

We all know Amazon as the place to shop for whatever you need in a pinch, and that couldn't be more true for their holiday offers. The tree selection is a bit more substantial than other online retailers, thanks to the ability for multiple store-fronts for the same item, so make sure to shop from authorized sellers to ensure you get the highest quality tree possible.

It's the perfect place to search if you're looking for unconventional trees, too. You know, the silver tinsel Spruces or pre-decorated Firs. But, no matter your preference, you can usually expect the same swift shipping on your tree as you would for any other purchase from the retailer.

Michaels

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What We Like

What We Don't Like

A little know fact, this DIY paradise stocks artificial trees year-round. So, when you and the family go shopping for supplies for your next household project or handmade ornaments, be sure to browse their Christmas tree selections.

There are options like tabletop trees for city apartments with very little room for a large holiday display along with seven-footers for the home with a bit more surface area. No matter what tree you're searching for, Michaels might just have it.

King of Christmas

View On Kingofchristmas.com

What We Like

  • Specializes in Christmas decor and trees

  • High-quality selection

  • Multiple varieties and sizes are available

What We Don't Like

  • Higher price point

  • Not sold in stores

King of Christmas emphasizes superior craftsmanship to ensure that families who purchase their trees have memories that will last a lifetime. They offer 12 different tree varieties with multiple sizes and shapes available for each. Shipping in the US is free, and the company donates hundreds of trees each season to families in need.

If you make a selection from King of Christmas, our editors have no doubt you’ll feel good putting a topper on your tree this upcoming holiday season.

Bed, Bath & Beyond

View On Bed Bath & Beyond

What We Like

What We Don't Like

As the company name suggests, Bed, Bath, & Beyond offers more than just linens and appliances. They provide a considerable range of holiday trees year-round. Selections include novelty, pre-lit, traditional, and miniature sizes too. The brands are top-tier, so you don't have to question if the quality is on-par with other retailers. Of course, Bed, Bath, & Beyond always run promotions, so be sure to keep your eyes out for any extra ways to save this upcoming holiday season.

Kohl's

View On Kohls.com

What We Like

What We Don't Like

Many of us know Khol's as a place to buy clothing, shoes, and home essentials, but little did we know that their artificial tree section is well-stocked.

While the tree selection is slightly smaller than others on the list, the assortment is diverse. So, for the one who spent hours scrolling through grandiose tree displays on Pinterest or the one who wants something more modest, there is a tree for you.

And, with frequent sales and store cash available, even a more expensive tree can become within your budget.

Species

While the Christmas tree is a catch-all term, it is worth noting that not all trees are created equal. Different tree species provide a different aesthetic and potential experience to the holiday season. For a more traditional look, a true evergreen is an optimal choice. The tones are deep and earthy, just as the conical shape is functional and symmetrical.

Style

Christmas trees are an investment. By opting for the more traditional style, you can explore your creativity through tree themes, lighting, and decor for years to come. However, slim options are available for smaller homes and spaces, and upside-down trees have become more and more popular over the years. Ultimately, the right tree variety comes to personal preference, so be sure to compare any styles first before deciding on one.

Care

Taking care of an artificial tree sounds easy, but it can be the difference between having something that lasts a handful of seasons or for more years than you can count. 

You should always follow the manufacturers' instructions on how to maintain your tree when it is being used and how to store your tree once the hustle and bustle of the season have come to a close. If the tree doesn't come with a storage bag, it would be worth investing in one when you purchase our tree. It will protect your tree from dust and water damage, not to mention making it compact for easy storage.

FAQ

  • When buying online, earlier is always better—no matter if you are buying a living or artificial tree. On top of supply chain issues, the owner of Christmas Tree Brooklyn, Arthur S., shares that we have a tree shortage this year. Luckily, for places like Christmas Trees Brooklyn, buyers can purchase their trees early and choose a delivery date that works for them. Most retailers will similarly outline their shipping times and costs during checkout and many offer higher prices for expedited shipping if necessary. Retailers offering in-person Christmas tree shops give you the flexibility to buy and take home your tree on the same day, but keep in mind that pickings may become slimmer as Christmas gets closer.

  • Experts say that most artificial trees can last an average of 10 years, but with the right care and storage, some can be used for up to two decades.

  • Simply put, the question of price is relative when shopping for any item, including Christmas trees. Aly Morford of Pure Salt Interiors explains that each year, the price for both living and nonliving trees is skyrocketing. "Spending a couple of hundred dollars upfront for a tree that lasts years and years is an investment we are more than comfortable recommending," she says.

    Morford also suggests looking at the materials used. If it is too shinny or flimsy, this is a visual giveaway that the tree is artificial. Keep that in mind as you purchase your tree to ensure a good investment.

Samantha Parsons re-envisioned this article to include websites that offered a wide selection of trees, keeping in mind aesthetics, budget, and accessibility. With the expert insight from co-founders of Pure Salt Interiors, she was able to conclude that the aforementioned websites are the best of the best.

When she is not spending her time writing for The Spruce, Samantha works for a beauty brand and constantly reads up on the latest product launches and design trends.

Updated by

Julia Fields

Julia Fields

Julia is the Assistant Editor at The Spruce, covering all things toys, gifts, and holiday.  

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How to transplant spruce from the forest to the site

Contents:
  1. .And what, so it was possible?
  2. .How to dig up a spruce
  3. .Planting forest spruce on the site
  4. .Caring for forest spruce

Many gardeners dream of planting a real green beauty from the forest. Indeed, there are many questions. How to transplant a spruce from the forest to the site - we will tell you all the nuances.

Was it possible to do that?

The question is moot. Forest legislation in Russia is imperfect, and some of its provisions can be interpreted in different ways. There are gardeners who are sure that you can safely dig Christmas trees growing under power lines - after all, they will be cut down anyway. But if you later meet a forester along the way, he can easily draw up a protocol. Therefore, the surest way to make things clean is to go to the local forestry and make inquiries. Perhaps the Christmas tree will be allowed to be dug up just like that, perhaps you will need to pay. In any case, you will be issued a permit. This is a useful document: fines in the Forest Code are not small.

Some people are concerned about the question - why bother with digging at all, if you can go to a nursery and buy an excellent seedling there? Trees from the nursery have a compact root system and a well-formed crown, while forest trees grow as they please. But digging a Christmas tree out of the forest is a certain excitement. Plus, many consider such plants stronger and healthier. And of course, the desire to get a tree for free dominates.

By the way, the root system and the shape of the crown are an indicator when choosing: if the roots are strong, and the crown is not formed, the plant did not grow in the nursery, but was dug out in the nearest forest. So you can recognize a dishonest seller.

How to dig up spruce

If you decide to move your Christmas tree from the forest to the site, the most important thing is to carefully dig it out. Do not take Christmas trees longer than a meter - damage the root system. Choose the strongest baby and dig it around the perimeter, trying not to touch the roots. You still chop off some roots with a shovel, but let them be few. When you dig around the tree in a circle, it will already be clear to you how deep you still need to dig. When the spruce is ready to be removed from the ground, wrap the branches with a cloth and pull it out. Wrap the roots together with an earthy clod in a loose cotton cloth.

Before digging up a spruce, make a mark on its trunk to indicate the cardinal directions. When planting in, you will have to lower the tree into the hole so that it grows in the same orientation.
No need to hesitate - take her immediately to the landing site. The best period for digging and transplanting a Christmas tree is early spring or August-early September.

Planting of forest spruce on the site

Choose a suitable place for the Christmas tree:

• Consider the cardinal points - how the Christmas tree grew in the forest, and how you want to plant it. It will be better for the plant if you plant it "in the same place."
• Forest spruce will grow tall and lush. Therefore, next to it there should be no buildings or buildings. Plant conifers away from the windows of the house, otherwise the room will become dark over time. Do not forget - strong roots after many years can damage the foundation of the house.
• Keep in mind that there should be no other trees or bushes near the spruce. A strong conifer will pull all the juices out of the earth, and then oxidize the soil with falling needles - just in case it will endure such a wayward neighbor.
• There should be no wires, poles and other municipal infrastructure in the way of spruce growth. Otherwise, when your spruce grows into a really big tree, electricians will demand to cut it down.

For planting in the selected area, dig a hole - it should be slightly wider and deeper than the root ball you dug. Lower the Christmas tree into the hole - just untie the fabric at the roots, but do not remove it, leave it below. A layer of fabric will help keep moisture in the soil - at first it is important for the roots. Then fill the Christmas tree with soil that you took in the forest: this way the plant will be less stressed. A couple of buckets is enough. Seal the planting and water the tree liberally with water.

Forest spruce care

As well as a seedling from a nursery, a forest herringbone will require a lot of attention in the early years. Make sure that the ground under the spruce is always moist. Water frequently, especially during dry periods. Christmas trees also like to wait - so spray it.

In the early years, Christmas trees are sensitive to bright sun, so take care of shading. For the winter, the Christmas tree can be covered with spruce branches, wrapped with a cloth or treated with a cryoprotectant (Purshat-K composition is suitable). Over the years, spruce will become frost-resistant and will not need shelter. Protect the plant from sunburn - this will help keep it healthy and elegant. Purshat compositions or wrapping the Christmas tree also work well here.

In spruce, the root system is close to the surface, so the tree suffers from subsidence. Loosen the soil under the tree more often and mulch it. Suitable needles, sawdust or wood chips. Peat will mulch well and nourish the Christmas tree. The tree does not need special feeding.
In the spring, carry out sanitary pruning - remove dried branches and tips, diseased shoots, broken ones.

From the history of the creation of the New Year's song: "It's cold in winter for a little Christmas tree"

Christmas tree

In childhood, of course, we do not think about who is the author of this or that song, who composed it and published it. Yes, and many adults, when asked who wrote the song “It's cold in the winter for a little Christmas tree”, will most likely laugh it off: “People!”. In our country, after all, all well-known songs are considered "folk", and this is a kind of evidence of the highest standard of quality of the work.

Meanwhile, the "Little Christmas Tree ..." has specific authors - children's writer Zinaida Nikolaevna Aleksandrova and composer Mikhail Ivanovich Krasev.

Z.N. Aleksandrova (1907-1983)

Born in 1907 in St. Petersburg in the family of a teacher. She was orphaned at the age of 12. His father died of tuberculosis, and a year later his mother died of typhus while working as a paramedic in a hospital. She was brought up in an orphanage. At the end of the seventh grade of the school, she went to work at a spinning factory. At an early age, she developed a passion for reading and writing poetry. She wrote poetry from childhood, considering it just a temporary hobby. Friends from the factory, secretly from the author, sent several poems to the editors of the magazine "Worker and Peasant Woman". Surprisingly, the poems were published in a magazine. Since that time, Zinaida Nikolaevna began to think about how to seriously engage in poetry. She studied at the Leningrad College of Printing. She worked in the editorial offices of many newspapers and magazines in Leningrad, Ryazan, then in Moscow, as an editor-in-chief of the magazines Iskorka., Druzhnye rebyata and an executive editor of the children's literature department at the Young Guard publishing house. From 1930-1931 began to work in children's literature. During her long life as a writer (Z.N. Aleksandrova died in 1983), she published about 70 books.

The poem "It's cold in winter for a little Christmas tree" was written in 1935. First heard in 1939.

Music for the song was written by composer Mikhail Ivanovich Krasev.

M.I. Krasev (1897-1954)

Born in 1897 in Moscow. In the 1920s he was a member of the association of revolutionary composers and musical figures. Subsequently, he wrote many songs for children about the leaders of the world revolution - Lenin and Stalin, the opera Morozko. He was a laureate of the Stalin Prize. The song about a small Christmas tree is perhaps only an episode in his creative life. However, it is worth noting that the songs about Lenin and Stalin, written by Krasev, are not heard now, but both children and adults still sing a song about a small Christmas tree.

The tree in those days was exclusively natural, alive, smelling of fresh needles and was crowned with a brilliant star. The toys were modest, typical of the Soviet era: balloons, icicles, snow-covered huts, chimes showing five minutes to twelve. Then the astronauts appeared in spacesuits, corn on the cob - the "queen of the fields."

The sound of the song "It's cold in winter for a little Christmas tree"

Few people know that Alexandrova's poem was much longer - anyway, this did not make us less fond of this New Year's song.

The full text of the song “Little Christmas tree is cold in winter”:

“Little Christmas tree

in cold winter.

herringbone

We took it home.

White Zainka

The Christmas tree asked:

“Mint gingerbread

BREED BREED!

Squirrel jumped

In the Blue fur coat:

"Herive tree, Christmas tree,

Little Christmas tree

Hare and squirrel

Breathe on glass.


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