First things first... this tree is small (4 feet in height and approx. 21 inches across at the base) but it's the perfect size on a tabletop and will fill your room with gorgeous sparkly light! The twinkle lights are well mounted to the branches, the base is easy to assemble/ sturdy (NO problems with tipping over) and the center "pole" is covered in tinsel so it blends nicely with the branches.
Now I will admit, the tree looks a little weird straight out of the box *lol* The branches are collapsed but as you gently pull them down and work your way around the tree (I did mine in 3 sections--- base first, middle, then top) don't forget to give them a little upward bend towards the "ends" to mimic the way a real tree grows. The effect is beautiful and the tinsel fluffs up beautifully.
The very top has a 5 1/2 inch extension to accommodate a pretty bow or a "light weight" tree topper. This gives you plenty of decorating options which I really appreciated.
Bottom line, I LOVE this tree and it brings back wonderful childhood memories. Hope you've found this review helpful.