We have a real tree, 7 1/2 feet tall, and as close to 8' wide as I can get it. We have a bay window and try to get a tree that will fill as much of the window as possible. Has a lot of WOW factor. We are lucky enough to live withing 15 KM of a tree farm, and he will cut to order, so my tree isn't cut until 1 or 2 days before I go to get it. For aother real tree fans, the christmas tree preservative helps a lot too.