close-up photo of artificial Christmas tree branch clippings on a table

Product information and reviews are key in choosing an artificial Christmas tree online. At Balsam Hill, we provide complete tree specifications and high-resolution photos that let you zoom in on details. More than that, we want you to experience the real thing yourself. Easily select your tree by comparing tree foliage samples from our exclusive Balsam Hill Branch Sample Kit.

Learn more from our Founder and CEO, Thomas Harman, in the video below. Scroll down for tips on how to use the Branch Sample Kit in choosing the best artificial Christmas tree.

Step 1: Order the Branch Sample Kit

box of assorted artificial Christmas tree branch clippings

The Balsam Hill Branch Sample Kit contains actual branch clippings of our best-selling Christmas trees. This allows you to see and feel different Christmas tree foliage types from the comfort of your home.

Insider's Tip

We credit the cost of your Branch Sample Kit towards your first tree order. Save the coupon code in the Order Confirmation page to claim your credit.

Step 2: Group the Christmas Tree Sample Branches

close-up photo of Christmas tree branch samples in a box

Upon arrival, open your kit and sort the sample branches by colour, needle type, or realism. This makes it easier for you to narrow down your favourites.

Our artificial Christmas trees are categorised into three levels of realism:

Most realistic foliage with PE needles

Most Realistic

These have more than 65% True Needle™ (PE) foliage for outstanding realism, with Classic Needles (PVC) near the trunk for added fullness.

realistic foliage with PE and PVC needles

Realistic

With up to 65% True Needle (PE) foliage mixed with Classic Needle (PVC), these Christmas trees strike the right balance between realism and budget.

Traditional foliage with PVC needles

Traditional

Our most cost-effective Christmas trees, these are made from 100% Classic Needle (PVC) foliage.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE REALISM OF BALSAM HILL ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREES »

Step 3: Fluff and Pick Your Favourites

Branches are compressed for shipping, so you need to fluff them into their proper shape. Spread the tips evenly to get a better idea of their unique look. Also, note the colour and style of the needles.

comparison of two kinds of artificial Christmas tree foliage

FEATURED: BH BALSAM FIR & BH NOBLE FIR

For example, the BH Balsam Fir has forked rich green tips with light brown stems. Compare this with the BH Noble Fir's darker gray-green hue.

GET TIPS ON FLUFFING YOUR ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE »

Step 4: Match the Tree Branches with Christmas Ornaments

Aside from doing a side-by-side comparison of the Christmas tree sample branches, you may also want to coordinate them with your existing decorations based on colour and style. Here are some tips to guide you:

Colour

photo of a green Christmas tree with red decorations and a white tree with blue, orange, and green ornaments

FEATURED: CALIFORNIA BABY REDWOOD & MOUNT WASHINGTON WHITE CHRISTMAS TREE (PHOTO COURTESY OF A HOUSE FULL OF SUNSHINE)

Warm yellow, orange, and red hues look striking against dark green needles, such as those of the California Baby Redwood. Meanwhile, cool blues and purples complement the blue-green tips of the Canadian Blue Green Spruce or the white needles of the Mount Washington White Christmas Tree.

Style

photos of an undecorated and a decorated sparse artificial Christmas trees

FEATURED: ALPINE BALSAM FIR

Check if the branch structure can support the size and weight of your favourite ornaments. For bigger accents, look for trees with widely spaced branches. Consider sparse Christmas trees, like the Alpine Balsam Fir.

Step 5: Check Tree Details on Our Website

screenshot of Christmas tree product page

Once you've identified your favourite Christmas tree branch samples, look them up on the Balsam Hill website. Each product page shows you the tree heights and light types available, so you can choose the model that best suits your needs. Click 'DETAILED SPECS' to learn more.

screenshot of an artificial Christmas tree product page with foliage details

Scroll down the product page to see the tree's needle composition. True Needle refers to our realistic PE needles, while Classic Needles are flat, traditional needles. Most of our trees have True Needle foliage near the front of the tree for a lifelike look, with Classic Needles to add fullness at the centre.

Step 6: Apply the Balsam Hill Coupon Credit

Found the artificial Christmas tree that’s right for you? Order it online and enter your coupon code upon checkout. This applies the price of your Balsam Hill Branch Sample Kit towards your first Christmas tree order.

We hope this answered your questions about our Branch Sample Kit. For more information, please reach out to our Customer Service team here.

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