How to Find a Real Tall Thin Christmas Tree

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Slender Christmas trees work well in narrow spaces.
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While full, wide Christmas trees are the more traditional choice, a tall, skinny Christmas tree can be better for some families. This is because it is less expensive, fits into smaller spaces and looks great in corners. An artificial thin Christmas tree has a smaller base diameter, ranging from 29 to 40 inches. Wider trees have larger diameters and are more pyramid-shaped.

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Shopping for Slender Christmas Trees

Certain species of evergreens used for Christmas trees are naturally narrower than other ones. The Fraser fir is a popular choice. It ranges from 5 to 9 feet and is not as wide as some of its counterparts. This tree is native to North Carolina and features upward-growing deep blue-green needles and well-defined branches. This tall, thin Christmas tree also has a beautiful fragrance. You may have to order yours online if you cannot find this variety at your local tree farms.

There are a variety of Christmas tree types, including the white pine, Colorado blue spruce and Douglas fir. While these are not skinny Xmas trees, they can have a more narrow profile than some fuller-bodied types of trees. A Leyland cypress can also work (and is suitable for those with allergies), but it has a less traditional look.

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Finding and Cutting Thin Trees

When you head out to buy a natural tree, ask a salesperson if he has any of the narrower varieties. The tree farm may have trimmed down some trees on the sides already, or you can use a saw to cut off the wider branches yourself after you get the tree home.

You should wear protective gloves and eyewear and use shearing knives and hand clippers to shape a Fraser fir. Only remove a little bit at a time, stepping back to evaluate your work from a distance. Before you know it, you will have a beautiful, tall, thin Christmas tree.

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Decorating a Tall and Skinny Christmas Tree

Of course, you can also buy artificial tall, thin trees, often referred to as pencil trees. Sometimes, this is the best option if you cannot find a real tree to fit in the allotted space. Plus, this way, you can order the exact height and width you need. These are sold in a variety of colors besides green, and they are fun to decorate.

Start by choosing a color scheme for your tree. If the space is small, you won't want to overwhelm it with too many colors. Some experts recommend the 60-30-10 rule of design for decorating a skinny Xmas tree. With this scheme, the ornaments in the primary color can make up 60 percent, followed by the second color at 30 percent and the last at 10 percent. Common choices are red, gold, silver, blue and white.

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Layer the ornaments at the top and work your way down, trying to keep them distributed evenly throughout. Don't shy away from hanging larger decorations as long as you have enough room. You can wrap a garland or wide ribbon from top to bottom too. Choose a unique tree topper that will balance out the tree. Large, roundish ones look especially lovely.

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