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11 Fascinating Facts about Christmas Trees
  • There are approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees sold in the US every year.

  • There are close to 350 million real Christmas trees currently growing on Christmas tree farms in the US alone, all planted by farmers.

  • North American real Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada. Eighty percent of artificial trees worldwide are manufactured in China, according to the US Commerce Department.

  • Real Trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and possible metal toxins such as lead.

  • There are more than 4,000 local Christmas tree recycling programs throughout the US.

  • For every real Christmas tree harvested, 1 to 3 seedlings are planted the following spring.

  • There are about 350,000 acres in production for growing Christmas trees in the US; much of it preserving green space and preventing deforestation.

  • There are close to 15,000 farms growing Christmas trees in the US, and over 100,000 people are employed full or part-time in the industry.

  • It can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of typical height (6 – 7 feet) or as little as 4 years, but the average growing time is 7 years.

  • The top Christmas tree producing states are Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Washington.

  • The most common Christmas tree species are: balsam fir, Douglas-fir, Fraser fir, noble fir, Scotch pine, Virginia pine and white pine.

Source: Forest2Market