What are the Different Types of Artificial Trees?

Sherry Holetzky

Some interior designers frown on the use of artificial trees and plants, but this sentiment is becoming a thing of the past. Today, there are gorgeous, lifelike choices available that complement any decor. The most popular designs in artificial trees are pine, spruce, and evergreens created for use as Christmas trees. They look like the real thing and they are a good value because they can be used year after year.

Christmas gifts under an artificial tree.
Christmas gifts under an artificial tree.

There are plenty of other options besides Christmas trees. Artificial trees are also available in exotic styles such as palm trees, bamboo trees, and flowering trees. If the exotic doesn't fit in with your decor, perhaps you would prefer a lovely ficus tree or a fern. There are many different sizes and price ranges from which to choose, and artificial trees are made from several different types of materials.

An artificial palm tree.
An artificial palm tree.

The most popular artificial trees usually have silk leaves, foliage, or flowers. They may have artificial trunks and branches, but natural materials are also frequently used. For example, a tree may have a trunk constructed from fiberglass or another synthetic material, which is then covered with real tree bark. Artificial trees that include natural elements should be reserved for indoor use since weather and climate can cause damage to delicate naturals.

Some artificial trees are so realistic that people have a difficult time deciding whether they are real or not. These high quality designs are perfect for home decor as well as for use in an office or other commercial setting. They are frequently used to decorate restaurants, because they add a refreshing touch of greenery without attracting insects or other pests.

Plants bring life to a space, and a tree that appears real will have the same effect as a live one. Obviously, the higher the quality of the artificial tree, the higher the price tag will be. However, high quality options usually last for many years with limited maintenance, making them worth the cost.

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