Christmas and the holiday season are just around the corner, which means it’s almost time to deck the halls and put up all those festive seasonal decorations.
When selecting the best apartment Christmas tree, you need to find something that will work in your space.
The tree shouldn’t overcrowd the room or be overly difficult to maintain and keep alive in an indoor space. Plus, you may have to lug it up stairs or an elevator, which could be challenging with a big tree.
Your Christmas tree needs to be equal parts sturdy and long-lasting so it will survive the holiday season. And, of course, look and smell beautiful from the time you bring it home until it’s time to get rid of it.
The best types of Christmas tree for your apartment
While an artificial tree comes in endlessly customizable styles and easily fits the above criteria, for many people, it’s just not the holidays without the traditional buying and decorating of a real Christmas tree.
Factoring in size, diameter and longevity, there are many different options for the right types of Christmas trees for your individual apartment and needs. Here are some of the top choices that not only look great but fit your small-living, apartment lifestyle:
1. Fraser fir
With its silvery-green needles, full branches and perfectly triangular shape, the Fraser fir is arguably the best Christmas tree around. With soft needles, it’s a very family- and pet-friendly type of tree, and there’s generous space between its sturdy branches for plenty of ornaments and other decorations.
Grown to stand about seven feet tall, its small, compact size makes it ideal for an apartment Christmas tree. As long as it’s watered regularly, it will stay healthy and happy throughout the holidays and won’t shed many of its needles. The last thing anyone likes is constantly having to sweep or vacuum needles from under and around the Christmas tree.
2. Balsam fir
Another classic tree type to go with is the Balsam fir, which has a similar shape to the Fraser fir and gloriously-bushy branches thick with deep-green needles. People enjoy Balsam firs for their amazing scent.
The main downside to the Balsam fir is that the bushy and bendable branches make it difficult to hang a lot of ornaments. So, if you don’t have a lot of tree decorations or prefer a more minimal aesthetic, this tree is a good option.
With frequent watering, the tree will retain most of its needles. They will dry out more quickly, so don’t place them near heat sources like fireplaces, radiators and heaters.
3. Tabletop spruce or miniature conifer
If you’re really limited on space, consider a small tree that you can place on a table or other piece of furniture. This still gives you the chance to have an apartment Christmas tree and brings seasonal cheer to your surroundings.
Mini conifers or tabletop spruce trees both look the part of a lovely small Christmas tree and are very easy to maintain. You can find small spruce and conifer trees at most garden nurseries, usually standing only a couple of feet tall.
These types of trees are convenient for your apartment because they don’t need a lot of sunlight and only require frequent watering to stay alive.
4. Colorado blue spruce
With its distinctive blue-green needles, the Colorado blue spruce is an eye-catching tree that makes for a very unique aesthetic choice. If you’re looking to shake things up with a Christmas décor scheme that’s more modernist or Instagrammable, this striking tree is just the ticket.
This apartment Christmas tree does a good job of retaining its needles (as long as it’s well-watered) and has a symmetrical, compact shape that makes it easy to slot into a corner.
Pro tip: This tree’s needles are sharp and spiky, so you may want to wear gloves while decorating the interior branches.
5. Artificial tree
Although many people prefer real Christmas trees, there are many benefits to investing in an artificial Christmas tree for your apartment.
There are tons of different styles ranging from tried-and-true classics to jazzed-up trees with fake snow or built-in Christmas lights. They are cost-effective because you only need to buy one that will last for years. They also don’t need to be watered.
Finally, they’re easier to deal with, as you can simply store them in a closet or storage area. Most models are easily broken down into storable parts you can put into a bag and store out of the way for the rest of the year. You’ll also have no problem finding a type of faux tree that fits your needs, whether that pertains to size or style.
How to care for your apartment Christmas tree
No matter what type of Christmas tree you choose for your small apartment, there are some basic care guidelines you should follow to keep your tree alive and healthy throughout the holiday season.
Keep your tree well-watered
The most important part of taking care of a Christmas tree is making sure that it stays well-watered. A good general rule to follow is to add a quart of water for every inch of the tree’s diameter. That way, the tree won’t dry out too fast, and you won’t get stuck with a dead Christmas tree before the big day arrives.
Check the water level on a daily basis, and make sure to buy a tree stand that will hold a fair amount of water so there aren’t spills but you’re also giving the tree all the water it needs.
Make sure it has a trimmed trunk
When purchasing your Christmas tree, make sure to trim the base of the trunk and doesn’t have resin build-up. An abundance of resin on the base can prevent the tree from soaking up enough water, making it dry out.
Most Christmas tree sellers have already cut the base of the trunk, but you still want to check, just in case the tree has been on the lot for a while. There’s also always the choice to cut down your own tree, either at a Christmas tree farm that allows you to cut down your own tree or out in the woods. Just make sure you have permission from property owners first!
Don’t set it up too early
Even if it’s tempting to start decorating early, most Christmas trees will only survive around five weeks, provided they’re being given the proper care. Plan to get your tree and set it up after Thanksgiving or at the beginning of December. That way, it will stay alive and well until after the holidays.
Pick a safe tree if you have kids or pets
If you have young children or pets in your apartment, you’ll want to pick a tree that either they can’t harm or that can’t harm them. For that purpose, trees with soft needles like the Balsam fir are ideal for homes with kids or pets that like to get into things. You’ll also want to ensure the tree is well-secured in its stand so it can’t accidentally tip over or be knocked over.
On the flip side, you always want to prevent rambunctious cats, curious dogs or grabby toddlers from messing with the tree. Plan your decorating and tree choice accordingly.
If you have cats that love climbing and might get into the tree, choose a hardy tree that can withstand it. Also, place your more valuable ornaments higher up the tree and closer to the trunk so they’re more secure. A good, strong base will also prevent a tree from getting pulled or knocked over by an excitable dog or a child.
Keep it away from heat or fire
Even though there’s limited space, never put your apartment Christmas tree near fires and heaters. Not only will the heat dry out your tree faster, making it lose its needles and need to be thrown out sooner, but a dried-out tree is also a fire risk. So, don’t leave your tree close to heaters or open flames like fireplaces or candles.
It’s easy to live in an apartment and still have a proper Christmas tree
With these types of Christmas trees, you can easily have the healthy, beautiful Christmas tree of your dreams.
Get ready for all the holiday glory in your small apartment!