Asked on Dec 6, 2017

Can you use an artificial Christmas Tree outside in the elements?

Kathy MartelloGkSuellen Hintz


We live in GA and would like to use an artificial tree outdoors as Christmas decoration. I know we would need to use outdoor lights. But can the tree withstand the elements?

11 answers
  • Michele Pappagallo
    Michele Pappagallo
    on Dec 6, 2017

    I would think the tree would be fine outside.....The only part I would be worried about is the metal parts on the tree. They may rust after they are exposed to rain, humidity, etc. If you are able to find a tree that has the branch parts coated with plastic, that might help a bit.
  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro
    on Dec 6, 2017

    it has to state for indoor and outdoor use
  • You sure can! Just expect it to get beat up a bit faster than if using indoors.
  • Rowgop (Pam)
    Rowgop (Pam)
    on Dec 6, 2017

    I have on my 4th year. Just before you put it away make sure its drt
  • Eroque022810
    on Dec 6, 2017

    Well I would think so if you don't live a in a windy area. Most trees know come in section and you don't want them flying off. Just make sure that the tree is weighted down and use pins to really attach to grass. Then continue as usual. Keep in mind that if it is really sunny it will fade over the years but I think that's OK since we do have blue is it firs. I mean those look totally bluish grey. If you get one really tall Im talking over 7 ft. Then I would use cables just as they do with newly planted trees to insure that it stays just as you want it since you are going through so much work.
  • Jan Loehr
    Jan Loehr
    on Dec 6, 2017

    I would buy a very inexpensive tree for use outside...this way you can get your $$$$ worth and replace it if necessary when it can no longer be used there. Or you may decide that a tree outside is not working the way you thought it would...good luck! I have never seen anyone use an artificial tree should be a very different look in your yard!

    • Anne Marie McKennas
      Anne Marie McKennas
      on Dec 6, 2017

      Thank you Jan. It's actually a very old tree so I'm willing to take the chance. To incorporate it into the decorations.
  • FL
    on Dec 6, 2017

    I think so, although I have only seen artificial trees on semi-protected areas like patios and porches. Safely secured in place to avoid being blown away by strong winds, you need only double secure all lights, and make sure the ornament are on tight, too.
  • 2dogal
    on Dec 6, 2017

    Yes, I live in North GA. There are lots of artificial trees used for decorations outside here. They are made of the same things that wreaths are made of that are hung outside.
  • Suellen Hintz
    Suellen Hintz
    on Dec 6, 2017

    It will age some but how much depends on how it's made. Metal will rust. Shiny will dim. If you're content knowing it may only serve you for one season in an outdoor environment, go for it!
  • Gk
    on Dec 21, 2018

    If it fades from being outside-just spray paint it green again for next year! I have used the boughs from old artificial trees outside to decorate and have set up artificial trees on my deck with outside lights. They last for a few years if you don't leave them out for months! Mine only get snow on them so they haven't rusted yet. I put them away in January--they are only outside a few weeks.

  • Kathy Martello
    Kathy Martello
    on Aug 9, 2020

    I've been thinking about using atificial christmas trees, (no lights) up against a fence in my backyard for privacy. I have 3 tall arborvitaes and a small one taking forever to grow. I thought about securing in pot of dirt, I just don't know how it would look next to the real thing.

    • Patricia McGinly
      Patricia McGinly
      on Dec 16, 2020

      I have been "growing" my artificial Christmas tree fence across my back yard to hide neighbors newly installed huge shed and wife's gigantic laundry lines. So far I have "planted" 3 trees, with 3 more on the way! I love how this looks! I simply don't have the time to wait for real, living trees to grow enough to provide the privacy I'm wanting! I think this idea is brilliant! (I just wonder what my neighbors are saying??!!! I may put some lites on a few of the trees, too!

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