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Christmas Tree Fun Facts!

Here are some fun and interesting facts about Christmas trees and tree farms in the United States, enjoy!

  • Approximately 30 million real Christmas trees are sold in North America every year, totalling over $1.2 billion in sales.  About 78% of these are pre-cut trees and 22% cut-your-own.

  • There are more than 350 million trees growing on Christmas tree farms in the U.S. alone.

  • The top selling Christmas trees nationwide are Balsam Fir, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Noble Fir, Scotch Pine, Virginia Pine and White Pine.

  • One acre of Christmas trees produces the daily oxygen requirement for 18 people.

  • It can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of average retail sale height (6 feet), but the average growing time is 7 years.

 

  • North-American real Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada.  Most artificial trees are manufactured in China, Taiwan or Hong Kong.

  • For every real Christmas tree harvested, two to three seedlings are planted in its place the following spring.

 

  • There are more than 400 Ohio Christmas tree producers; more than 15,000 U.S. producers; and more than 100,000 people employed by the real Christmas tree farming industry.

  • In 1510 the first known decorated Christmas tree appeared in Riga, Latvia.  Paper, fruits and sweets adorned early Christmas trees.  The first retail Christmas tree lot was in Germany in 1531.

  • President Pierce took the first Christmas tree into the White House in 1856.  In 1923 President Coolidge started the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, which is now celebrated every year.

 

Source:  National Christmas Tree Association