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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Balsam Hill’s Best Christmas Trees for Large Spaces

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Nothing else evokes wonder during the merry month of December than a majestic Christmas tree in a large living room or office. An enormous tree fully adorned with trimmings is the perfect holiday décor for huge spaces as it creates an atmosphere of opulent festivity during the season.

Here are some of Balsam Hill’s biggest and most lush Christmas trees that you can display in living rooms, foyers, lobbies, and great halls:

The Aspen Estate Fir from the Aspen Christmas Signature Collection is the crown of Balsam Hill. Inspired by the trees in the breathtaking town of Aspen, it stands tall at 12 feet with a full width of 75 inches. Its forest green needles are dense, lavish, and astonishingly realistic. It has alternating soft needles, brown stems, and a faux wooden trunk that serves as the stand. Each branch is handcrafted to mirror the trees’ natural shape and hold heavy ornaments. This tree comes with clear or multi-colored Christmas lights that are guaranteed to mesmerize you and your guests.

The preferred tree in the East Coast is the Vermont White Spruce™ from the Vermont Signature™ Collection. It has soft True Needle™ foliage, and long and full branches with brown stems, presenting a look that is amazingly lifelike. Towering at 15 feet and with a full body of 102 inches, it can hold ornaments and decorations of various shapes and sizes.  The 15-foot Vermont White Spruce is available as unlit or pre-lit with clear lights.

The California Baby Redwood from the Napa Christmas™ Signature Collection has a sophisticated silhouette because of its tiered branch arrangement. It has deep green foliage—a combination of pine and spruce tips. With a height of 18 feet and a width of 104 inches, it’s a fitting tribute to the tallest tree in the world—the California Redwood. Pre-lit with clear lights, this Christmas tree is an awe-inspiring piece that will surely make your living room enchanting.

These realistic reproductions bring honor to genuine trees that add to the magical experience of Christmas.  Ensure a luxurious holiday celebration with these splendid Balsam Hill creations.

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

The Difference between PVC and PE Christmas Trees

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While artificial Christmas trees may seem similar from afar, a closer look will show substantial difference in terms of material, fabrication, and durability. There are two types of artificial Christmas trees: the standard PVC and the ultra-realistic PE.

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

When artificial Christmas trees were first introduced, needles were made of PVC. This material is hard-pressed into thin pieces, then cut into fine, rectangular needle-like strips. The strands are then twisted between two strings of wire to outline the tree branches.

PVC needles are often flat and look unrealistic but because they are inexpensive, they became a popular alternative to natural Christmas trees.

Polyethylene (PE)

PE was introduced several years later and is now considered to be the only material that can replicate the look of real trees.  Using actual tree branches from a variety of conifers, elaborate patterns are molded and infused with PE, which results to a realistic-looking tree.

Unlike PVC Christmas trees, the molded polymer needles of PE trees have the thickness and mass of a true tree branch. Moreover, the needles are three-dimensional rather than flat. Some artificial Christmas trees, however, have a combination of PE and PVC to make them look thicker and fuller.

Artificial Christmas trees are investments meant to last for years and so it is important to purchase one with excellent quality. That way, you are sure to enjoy a cost-effective and worthwhile product that looks superb throughout the years. Happy decorating!