National Tree 6.5 ft Douglas Fir Tree

Last updated date: October 7, 2019

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National Tree 6.5 ft Douglas Fir Tree

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We looked at the top Artificial Trees and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Artificial Tree you should buy.

Update as September 29, 2021:
Checkout The Best Christmas Artificial Tree for a detailed review of all the top artificial trees.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 141 expert reviews, the National Tree 6.5 ft Douglas Fir Tree placed 14th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

This Down swept Douglas features FEEL-REAL branch tips that are molded from actual tree branches, creating a stunning life-like appearance. It is pre-strung with 650 clear lights that will remain lit even if a bulb burns out. Hinged construction and included metal stand add to ease of installation.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

11 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

472 user reviews

What experts liked

It features Feel Real branch tip technology for remarkable realism. Pre-strung with 650 clear lights that remain lit even if a bulb burns out.
- The Architect's Guide
The best things about this tree are its 650 lights on the branches and branch tips that feel real to the touch. We have come across some variants with these same specifications or worse that set you back at even double this tree's price.
- Top Ten Product Review
Part of the reason why it features on the top half our list is that it comes with 650 clear lights that have been pre-lit. Not many artificial Christmas trees come with bonus accessories, making it economical and also a consumer favorite.
- 5 Product Reviews
Pre-lit branches cut down on decoratin time. Branches earn praise for looking realistic and full. Practical 6.5' height. Tree is easy to put up and take down.
- BestReviews
It is very durable due to its non-allergenic and fire-resistant properties. It has beautiful hinged-branch construction.
- The Z9
The wired branches make this tree easy to fluff and adjust, while remaining sturdy to hold precious ornaments. The tree comes with a metal stand and is easy to assemble with branches that fold out.
- Top Ten Select
Each one has a different number of clear LED lights, but they're all fitted with special locks to keep the bulbs from falling out. They're also flame-resistant and, according to reviewers, "easy to setup and take down."
- Bustle
The Down swept Douglas creators designed this tree with a Feel Real feature to make the tree look beautifully natural. It’s a 6.5 feet tall tree with 650 clear lights and 1227 branch tips. The whole tree is very easy to install and store at any time.
- Top Home Stuff
This Downswept Douglas includes FEEL-REAL branch suggestions that are molded from real tree branches, making a gorgeous life-like look.
- Top Portal Review
It looks really like a real Christmas tree from outside your home. As it is built in the hinged branch, this gives you a very easy time to put it all together. Other than this, this artificial Christmas tree is actually safe to own because it comes with fire retardant features.
- Fitzgerald Museum
What I like most about the lights though, even more than how energy-efficient they are, is the fact that they are dual color lights which can be set to a soft white color to give the tree a beautiful and elegant look, or colored for a more cheerful atmosphere.
- Xmas Tree Express

What experts didn't like

A tree with built in lights has a downside - bulbs occasionally burn out and can be difficult to replace.
- BestReviews
Some reviewers have reported a plastic-like smell, so if possible, air it out before setting it up.
- Bustle
I needed to spend approximately a 1/2 hour organizing the branches!
- Top Portal Review

An Overview On Artificial Trees

When the temperature starts dropping and the trees turn yellow, you know that the holidays are just around the corner. Celebrations with family and friends will warm your heart, but all of the preparation can bring out anyone’s Grinch-y side. A quick way to reduce holiday stress is by investing in an artificial holiday tree.

Artificial trees got a bad rap for years, but today’s options look just as gorgeous as a real tree — without the heft and hassle. Instead of spending hours finding the perfect tree, sawing the stump down to size, strapping it to the hood of your car and driving it home, you can order a perfectly sized tree online with a few clicks. You also don’t need to worry about keeping your artificial tree watered, sweeping up pine needles or dealing with sticky tree sap. 

Modern artificial trees have a metal base and frame, with a center pole up the middle and metal arms reaching out to the sides. The pole and arms are painted to add depth and realism. The “needles” are constructed from green PVC or polyethylene, and they’re customized depending on what type of tree they’re supposed to mimic. A quick spray of white latex paint creates a light dusting of “snow” on fake trees. Manufacturers add on strings of LED lights on some trees to create a more festive look. 

It’s fairly simple to assemble an artificial tree. After removing the tree from the box, find the stand and plant it wherever you’d like. Some stands have hinged arms, some come as one piece and some have rolling wheels or an electric motor to spin your tree. Make sure the stand is sturdy and that the arms are locked in place (usually in an X shape).

Your tree’s instructions should tell you which section of the center pole goes into the stand first. After you’ve inserted the first section, continue inserting sections until you reach the top of the tree. You may need a screwdriver or wrench to insert screws or tighten bolts. 

Pop out the branch arms and fluff the tree’s artificial needles. Most trees need to sit for about an hour for the needles to puff up and reach their full size. 

From there, you can turn on any included lights (or add your own) and decorate your tree with ornaments, ribbons and garlands.

When the season is over, remove any decorations from your tree and unplug any included lights. Almost all artificial trees have hinged arms and a folding base for easy storage. The base, center pole and arms should fit easily into the original packaging. Some companies offer specialty storage bags to keep your tree in like-new shape all year round.

The Artificial Tree Buying Guide

  • Artificial trees come in different colors, shapes and sizes. Most of them are modeled after real-life trees, like spruces, pines and firs. Larger “pine trees” create a gorgeous traditional style for any celebration, while tall, thin trees are ideal for smaller rooms.
  • Most artificial trees look fairly realistic from a distance, but you might notice a difference when you stand closer. The level of realism depends on what your tree’s “needles” are made from. PVC needles are the norm, but they can look a bit flat. Polyethylene (or PE) needles have a depth and 3D look that’s closer to a real tree. That’s because PE is injected into needle molds to create every arm of the tree, while PVC needles are cut into flat strips. A combination of PVC and PE needles, or just PE needles, will look the most realistic, but they also cost more.
  • Make sure there’s plenty of room for your tree before you place it. If your space isn’t large enough you’ll wind up with bent branches or torn needles. Avoid placing it too closely to staircases or doors. 
  • Include the diameter of your predicted haul of gifts when you measure the space for your tree. Make sure that there’s enough room for any train sets or standing decorations, too. 
  • Check out your tree’s weight before you put it up. Don’t overdo it by setting up your tree on your own — larger trees require more than one person for assembly. You may also want a second person to make sure the tree is standing straight and level once it’s up. 
  • You won’t need to worry about your dog lapping up water from the stand with an artificial tree, but they can still get into trouble. Consider buying a small fence to keep furry friends (or curious kids) away from your tree.
  • Take extra safety steps if your tree has built-in LED lights. Avoid using extension cords (grounded power strips are okay) and keep water away from your tree.