Topiary, the art of shaping trees and shrubs into decorative forms such as geometrical shapes or animal figures, has been a practice of ornamental gardeners for over 2,000 years. Rumor has it that when his sleigh is garaged, Santa is a champion topiary artist. From the looks of this spiral-shaped topiary Christmas tree, it seems that Santa has been putting his hobby-and his hedge clippers-to interesting use. The seven-foot Yukon Spiral Pre-lit Christmas Tree with Clear Lights puts a literal twist on the classic Christmas tree.
Topiary Christmas trees, like topiary itself, come in a variety of styles. Asian forms of topiary, such as bonsai in Japan, use shaped miniatures. Some topiary Christmas trees are thus so-named for their smallness rather than their idiosyncratic shape. These small topiary Christmas trees are perfect for walkways or entryways. Large topiaries, like the seven-foot spiral topiary pictured here, bring unexpected shapes to a home's contemporary Christmas interior. Its modern style is a fun yet practical choice for decorators who want a standard-sized Christmas tree, but find standard Christmas trees too bushy or widespread. Its set of 400 pre-lit bulbs is designed for low-maintenance upkeep: if a bulb burns out or is removed, the set stays lit.