Tree Facts

Fun Facts about Trees

  • There are approximately 30 million Real Christmas Trees sold in North America every year.
  • North American Real Christmas Trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada.  Eighty percent of artificial trees are manufactured in China.
  • Real Trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial trees contain nonbiodegradable plastics and possible metal toxins such as lead, cadmium and organo-tins.
  • For every Real Christmas Tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place the following spring. In the Spring of 2002, over 65 million Real Christmas Tree seedlings were planted.
  • There are about 1 million acres in production for growing Christmas Trees.  Each acre provides the daily oxygen requirement of 18 people.
  • There are about 15,000 Christmas Tree growers in North America, 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 the average retail sale height (6 feet), but the average growing time is 7 years.
  • The top Christmas Tree producing states are Oregon, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Washington and Wisconsin.
  • The top selling Christmas Trees are: balsam fir, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, noble fir, Scotch pine, Virginia pine and white pine.

The National Christmas Tree Association was used as a source for all of these facts.


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