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
Choose between two available options: The 10-piece kit contains actual branch clippings of our best-selling trees, while the 25-piece set features a sample each from our full range of artificial Christmas trees.
Both sets allow you to see and feel different Christmas tree foliage types from the comfort of your home. Pick the Set of 25 to fully experience all the tree varieties we offer or choose the smaller set if you’d like a more curated selection.
Step 2: Group the Christmas Tree Sample Branches
Upon arrival, open your kit and sort the sample branches by color, needle type, or realism. This makes it easier for you to narrow down your favorites. Our artificial Christmas trees are categorized into three levels of realism:
Step 3: Fluff and Pick Your Favorites
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 color and style of the needles. 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.
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 color and style. Here are some tips to guide you:
Warm yellow, orange, and red hues look striking against dark green needles. Meanwhile, cool blues and purples complement the blue-green tips of spruce tree varieties.
Check if the branch structure can support the size and weight of your favorite ornaments. For bigger accents, look for trees with widely spaced branches, like those on sparse Christmas trees.
Step 5: Check Tree Details on Our Website
Once you've identified your favorite 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 on your preferred height and light type then scroll down the product page to see detailed specs based on your selection. You'll find what's included with your tree as well as its measurements, tip count, and light count.
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.
Branch Sample Kit Real Customer Reviews
Here are some reviews from customers who ordered and loved the Balsam Hill Branch Sample Kit.
“We bought this just to see the quality of the trees before actually purchasing a tree. Not only did we get to see the quality, it helped us to decide on which tree we would like the most, which was not the one we thought we were going to purchase.” – Teri, NH
“I’m glad I ordered the branch sample kit. They are just slightly different from each other including the color and the tree needle size. I ended up picking the most realistic category as I want something that will look beautiful year after year.” – Mom Who Likes Christmas, Astoria OR
“Ordering the Branch Sample Kit was the best thing we ever did. We are people who have to see the quality of items we are buying. This was an excellent way to touch, feel, and see what we are buying. And with this sample you also see the look you’re trying to achieve because with each sample you can view the texture and branch thickness to achieve that look. Added bonus: you get credit off your tree purchase from the kit purchase and you can use the branches to make a beautiful Christmas table arrangement. WIN WIN!”—Sunshine, John’s Creek GA