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Selecting the Perfect Christmas Tree

English Gardens offers both fresh-cut and life-like trees. Fresh-cut trees are good for the environment and the economy. New-growth trees produce oxygen and are a renewable resource. Plus, enjoying the evergreen fragrance can bring back fond childhood memories. English Gardens experts offer some great tips for picking out the perfect tree this year.

Measure, Measure and Measure Again.

Whether you are buying a fresh-cut or artificial, life-like tree, knowing how much space you have is the first step. 

    • Height The first thing to consider is the height of the space you’ll be placing your tree. We have trees that measure from 2 to over 14 feet tall.  Measure the area in your space prior to coming into the store. Leave at least six inches of space between the ceiling and the top of the tree, and you’ll have the maximum height of your tree.
    • Diameter Consider how wide of an area you have for the tree. There are slim, medium and wide-profile options in life-like trees, and fresh trees have different girths depending on the individual tree. The wider the tree, the more of a focal point it becomes in the room. Measure how wide the area is. Will you need to re-arrange furniture to make it fit?

Here are some guidelines to get you started:

    • 8 foot ceiling:  7.5 foot tall tree
    • Bay window with soffit: 6.5 foot tree
    • 8 foot to 12 foot cathedral ceiling:  9 foot tree
    • Open, winding staircase: 10 foot slim tree
    • Window wall:  A slim tree that won’t block light 
    • Basement:  6.5 foot tree or tabletop

Freshness, Fullness and Fragrance

When selecting a fresh-cut tree look for one that is symmetrical with full branches. Fresh trees may have a hole here and there. These spaces are perfect for larger ornaments.
To test for freshness, grab a branch between your thumb and forefinger and slide it towards you. If you end up with needles in your hand, then select another tree. If the needles stay on the branches, then the tree is fresh and ready to take home. Be sure the diameter of the trunk fits into your tree stand.

Selecting the style is a matter of personal preference. What looks most like a Christmas tree to you?  

    • Douglas Fir The traditional Christmas tree, with soft green needles and the famous fragrance that can only be described as Christmas.
    • Fraser Fir A truly beautiful tree with thick branches perfect for large ornaments and a wonderful evergreen fragrance (fun fact: thousands of years ago, evergreen branches were displayed over the front doors of homes during the winter solstice because their green color promised spring!).
    • White Pine The beautiful long, soft green needles of this tree offer a very unique, full look.
    • Cork Bark Fir A favorite Christmas tree featuring soft blue green needles densely arranged on thick branches.
    • Black Hills Spruce Darker green in color, Black Hills Spruce trees have short needles that are long-lasting

Fresh trees add a wonderful fresh evergreen fragrance to your home. Balsam Fir is the most fragrant, followed by Douglas Fir and finally Fraser.  

If you select a life-like tree, you can still enjoy the fragrance of evergreen with “Scent of a Tree” home spray. Fraser Fir varieties have shorter needles or tips, while Douglas Firs have longer tips.  White Pines are full and graceful, so chose the type that says Christmas to you. 


Life-like trees also have a few other options to consider, such as flocking, pre-lit with incandescent or LED lights, or ready-to-light styles. 

    • Flocked Trees feature snow-covered branches.
    • Pre-lit Trees Are available with multi or clear incandescent light, or dual-color changing LED lights that switch from multi to clear with a tap of a foot pedal.  The LED trees also have 7 other flashing or fading functions if you like those settings.
    • Ready-to-light Christmas Tree Offers endless opportunities to be creative or change your style year after year. 

English Gardens Premier Collection Light Sets are available in 12 colors, ranging from traditional clear and three varieties of multi-colored lights to solid colors, such as pink, teal, green, blue, chartreuse or purple.

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Make it Last

    • Before placing your tree in a stand, make at least a one-inch cut to the trunk of the tree, more is ok but less may not be enough. Use either a hand saw or chain saw. 
    • Only drill a hole in the center of the trunk if your stand has a large diameter spike in the bottom. If the spike is about the size of a nail or smaller there is no need to drill a hole, simply tap the stand onto the tree so it bites into the tree.
    • Put it in the stand and straighten it. Fill the stand immediately with water. It is typical for trees to initially take lots of water but slow down on water intake as time goes on.
    • Put someone in charge! Every day, monitor the water level in the stand and add water when needed. To be safe, check the water every morning and every evening to make sure the reservoir has not dried out. If your tree ever runs out of water, it will have to be given a new fresh cut so it takes up water again.
    • Be sure to keep the tree away from any heat source and turn off the lights on the tree when leaving the house. Placing a tree too close to a fireplace should be avoided, even if you are just trying to make Santa’s commute a bit easier.
    • To help preserve your tree, add Prolong Tree Preserve to the water to keep the tree fresh for the season.
    • Using a tree disposal bag under the tree will aid in a swift cleanup. 
    • Life-like trees need to be stored properly to keep them looking beautiful year after year. English Gardens Tree storage bags can keep your tree safe and protected when it’s not in use.

Read more about Life-like Tree Set-up and Storage

We design and custom order our trees, ensuring that your life-like Christmas tree lasts for many years. All of our trees offer a ten-year warranty, as well as a three-year warranty on lights. Make sure to visit your local English Gardens to find just what you’re looking for.

Shop English Gardens selection of artifical, life-like Christmas trees and fresh-cut Christmas trees online.

For more information on choosing a Christmas Tree this year, visit your local English Gardens store.

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English Garden Nurseries & Garden Centers Serve the Greater Clinton Twp., Dearborn Heights, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield, Eastpointe, and Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Areas

Providing garden centers complete with full service landscaping, seasonal holiday stores including their enchanting Christmas Stores, and most locations even offer a full service in house florist

English Gardens Detroit MI area nurseries & garden centers are not only the areas largest garden nurseries, but they offer the largest selection of products and services found anywhere in the Clinton Twp., Dearborn Heights, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield, Eastpointe, and Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan regions providing full service garden centers, full service landscaping and landscape design, seasonal holiday stores including their enchanting Christmas Stores, the largest selection of Patio Furniture in Michigan, and most locations even offer a full service in house florist for flower arrangements for every day as well as those special occasions such as wedding flowers, event flowers, sympathy and funeral flower arrangements, prom flowers, and more!

Our nurseries and garden centers have the areas largest selection of plants, flowers, shrubs, annuals, perennials, and patio furniture. Garden supplies are in abundance, with everything from garden tools and accessories, to garden and potting soil, mulches, bagged garden stone, pots and so much more. We have everything you need for your outdoor gardening needs.

Landscaping? Count on the professional landscape contractors and designers at English Gardens to Make Your Property Beautiful! We offer both DIY landscaping assistance and full service landscape design and construction with our in house landscaping company.

Our floral designers can create perfect floral arrangements for weddings, events, funerals, proms and the like. Make the moment beautiful.

Our Christmas Stores in addition to being one of the areas best holiday experiences, are filled with live and life-like artificial Christmas trees, including flocked artificial Christmas trees, and those sometimes hard to come by 9 foot flocked artificial Christmas trees, as well as a large, ready to take home inventory, of 3 foot artificial Christmas trees, 4 foot artificial Christmas trees, 5 foot artificial Christmas trees, 7.5 foot artificial Christmas trees, 9 foot artificial Christmas trees and 12 foot artificial Christmas trees, and all of the other holiday items you need like Christmas lights, decorations, Christmas wreaths & garland of all types, and unique gifts. Make the Holiday beautiful!

English Gardens store by store offerings in the Clinton Twp., Dearborn Heights, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield, Eastpointe, and Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan areas;

Clinton Twp. Garden Centers:

Dearborn Heights Garden Center:

Royal Oak Garden Center:

West Bloomfield Garden Center:

Eastpointe Garden Center:

Plymouth Ann Arbor Garden Center:

Be sure to visit any one of our Garden Centers for the largest selection of products and services the area has to offer. If you have any questions please call one of our stores directly in Clinton Twp., Dearborn Heights, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield, Eastpointe, and Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan for friendly, prompt help.

Clinton Township, MI

44850 Garfield Rd. at Hall Rd.
Clinton Twp., Michigan 48038

Phone Numbers
Phone: (586) 286-6100
Fax: (586) 286-0033

Dearborn Heights, MI

22650 Ford Rd. at Outer Dr.
Dearborn Heights, Michigan 48127

Phone Numbers
Nursery: (313) 278-4433
Florist: (313) 565-8133
Fax: (313) 278-0459

Eastpointe, MI

22501 Kelly Rd. at Nine Mile Rd.
Eastpointe, Michigan

Phone Numbers
Phone: (586) 771-4200
Fax: (586) 771-4894

Plymouth/Ann Arbor, MI

9900 Ann Arbor Road W.
Plymouth, Michigan

Phone Numbers
Phone: (734) 453-5500

Royal Oak, MI

4901 Coolidge Hwy,
Royal Oak, Michigan

Phone Numbers
Phone: (248) 280-9500
Fax: (248) 280-2688

West Bloomfield, MI

6370 Orchard Lake Rd. at Maple
West Bloomfield Township, Michigan

Phone Numbers
Phone: (248) 851-7506
Fax: (248) 539-4738

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Don’t forget to come visit our enchanted Christmas Stores! We have by far the areas largest display of pre-lit and unlit Christmas trees, both Live and Artificial Life-Like Christmas trees in all sizes and varieties, the areas largest selection of Christmas lights in a variety of lengths, sizes, bulb types including energy efficient, and long lasting ,state of the art, LED Christmas lights, Christmas Garland, Christmas wreaths, Christmas decorations, and that perfect gift for that special someone!

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When it comes to the holidays other than Christmas, you won’t be disappointed, From July 4th, to Labor Day, Columbus Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter, Mothers and Fathers Day and more, you guessed it, you can count on English Gardens to Make the Holiday Beautiful!

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At the end of the day, we all enjoy putting a smile on our, and other’s faces, come to English Gardens at any one of our convenient locations and Make Today Beautiful!

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