The trees arrived promptly and when I unpackaged them, was surprised at how tall the were. The vases they come in are awfully small and don't offer good support. It was not a concern for me as I planned on putting them into two large urn vases I have on the front porch. Before putting into my urns, I removed the greenery at the base of the trees and cut about 1 foot off of the trees (measuring from the base - this included the small vases they came in). I then placed them in my urns which I had put florist's foam in. I then used green moss and replaced the greenery at the base. They are now simply beautiful, look much fuller and I love, love them. I get many compliments on them. Several people have thought they were real.