here is my pathetic little pine tree using particle hair as pine needles , i think it looks ok with the background , but without it is looses a lot of its appeal
It’s not pathetic - actually it’s quite good.
The leaf material is good and so is the lightning.
You need to improve a bit the trunk (the brown part). Download some tree textures and apply them and you will be OK.
I like this work keep them coming =)