Christmas Trees

Flocking vs. Traditional: Which Christmas Tree Suits Your Home?

When it comes to holiday traditions, people are willing to fight for their favorites. Canned cranberry sauce or homemade? White lights or colored? These age-old debates have been stirring up family gatherings for decades.

Here at TPG – The Plant Gallery, we consider ourselves holiday experts and are tackling one common debate head-on: traditional vs. flocked Christmas trees.

If you’re deciding between the two, here’s what the botanical professionals at our New Orleans plant nursery have to say.

Traditional Trees: Classic Elegance

Traditional Christmas Tree

Traditional Christmas trees have remained a beloved symbol of the holiday season for generations. These natural beauties, whether spruce, pine, or fir, offer a timeless and authentic Christmas ambiance.

Here are some advantages of a traditional tree:

Natural beauty

Traditional trees have a more natural and organic feel. They exude the fresh, woodsy scent of the great outdoors, bringing a sense of nature into your home. If you’re looking for rustic charm, a traditional tree enhances that experience.

Versatile decorating

Traditional trees provide a blank canvas for your creativity. Decorate them with any style of ornaments, tinsel, or garlands—they are a blank slate! Classic or trendy, the options are limitless with a traditional tree, while flocking provides an extra element to plan around.


By opting for a traditional Christmas tree, you support the sustainable process of tree farming: replanting and regrowing trees.

In New Orleans, we take the environmental cause one step further with our Christmas tree recycling program.

Each year, thousands of former Christmas trees are affixed to the Louisiana wetlands to restore our coastline. Flocked trees contain synthetic materials and, unfortunately, cannot be used for this purpose.

Flocked Trees: A Whimsical Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Flocked Christmas trees offer a magical snowy appearance that transforms your living space into a winter wonderland.

Here are some of the benefits of choosing a flocked tree:

Snowy aesthetic

A white Christmas is rare in Louisiana, so winter lovers need to take matters into their own hands. Dusted with artificial snow, flocked trees create a picturesque winter scene. They add a fanciful atmosphere to your home, which makes the holidays feel extra special.

Flocked trees are particularly delightful for children who don’t often experience the thrill of snowfall.

Built-in decor

No matter your decorating style, flocked trees add flair to your holiday vision. When decorated in a polished two-tone color scheme, the flocking shows through as modern elegance.

With colored lights and funky ornaments, flocked trees also provide an air of whimsy and fun. Whether your vision is shabby chic, rustic, or vintage, flocking adds embellishment that enhances your design.

Less mess

You might not know it, but one utilitarian advantage of a flocked tree is easier clean-up. Unlike traditional trees, flocked trees don’t shed needles, reducing the mess and maintenance. As much as we love a traditional tree, vacuuming needles every few days is an unwanted additional chore at the busiest time of the year.

Visit Our Plant Nursery in New Orleans

Ultimately, the decision between a flocked or traditional Christmas tree comes down to personal preference. Consider your style, the ambiance you want to create, and the practical considerations.

Whether you decide on a flocked or a traditional tree, you can rely on TPG – The Plant Gallery for beautiful, high-quality options. In addition to Christmas trees, we’re a one-stop shop for all things holiday decorating.

Contact us to learn why we’re the plant nursery New Orleans residents prefer and pre-order your perfect tree today!