Every holiday season, I receive quite a few questions about our current Christmas tree. We purchased the highly rated, budget friendly Puleo International aspen fir tree from Amazon on a whim, and I have to say- it has been fantastic! It’s a realistic, pre-lit tree, that cost under $250. We haven’t had to replace a single lightbulb, and I get so many compliments on it each Christmas. Click through for my complete review and to see it styled three different ways.
If you’d like a closer look at how it currently looks (this year), I shared it here… my Equestrian Inspired Christmas Tour: The Tree. If you’re in midst of holiday decorating, I’d also recommend checking out this post: 30 Classic Ornaments and How to Style Them.
Styled 3 Ways
This is our third year using this tree, so at this point- I’ve decorated it for Christmas three times… blush, blue, and this year it has taken on a chestnut / caramel color palette. Here’s a peek at the different looks over the years:
Which one is your favorite? I think this year’s tree followed by my blue aesthetic tops the list for me. Who knows what direction it will take next year.
The tree comes in four pieces: the base, the bottom, the mid section, and the top. They all fit together seamlessly and the branches are all attached- so assembly takes under five minutes. The lighting cords run down the center of the tree for concealed plug-ins. It’s probably the easiest tree we’ve had.
This is what the tree looks like before decorating and mid-fluffing. It definitely has some sparse areas, but I don’t mind. I fill-in any gaps with garland and ornaments.
Above, this is what it looks like lit during the daytime, and below, you’ll see how it looks illuminated during the evening hours. I’ve been impressed that we’ve used this tree for three years now and have yet to change a lightbulb or had one go out. I also like that the bulb color skews warmer for a soft glow.
Pros & Cons
Of course, everyone has different preferences when it comes to a Christmas tree, but here are a few quick things I like and dislike about this particular tree…
- Warm Bulb Color
- Easy to Assemble
- Minimal Shedding
- Excellent Price / Value
- Easy to Bend & Manipulate
- Stable Tree Stand
- Nice Variety of Green Colors
- Available in Multiple Sizes
- More Realistic Than Others
- Semi Sparse
- Center Pole Requires Disguising
- Requires Quite a Bit of Fluffing
- Is Large to Store
- Not All Branches are Lifelike
I would! You can’t beat the price and I think it’s a really classic looking tree.
Mine is the 7.5 foot tree… this exact one.
Fluffing does require some effort for this tree and it takes quite awhile… I’d say 30 minutes to an hour to get it looking really nice.
It does, but we use this Amazon smart plug and have it set on a schedule. That’s my best Christmas tree tip! No crawling under it to plug it in, knocking branches or ornaments, and it automatically switches on during set hours.
I hope this post was helpful if you’ve been considering this Christmas tree! We really love it and I think it looks better than our previous “nice” (more expensive) designer tree. If you’re in the market for a new tree, I’d definitely recommend it. I’ll link some other good looking trees from Amazon below… most are on sale right now!