- The world's first Christmas tree farm was sown in New York in 1850.
- The earliest Christmas tree farms were planted on poor soil where not many other crops would thrive.
- Buying a tree grown locally means it will stay fresh longer, making it easier to care for and reducing the risk of fire.
- The US grows more Christmas trees annually than any other country, and every state in the US grows Christmas trees.
- The US contains 350,000 acres of Christmas tree farms.
- 24.5 million farm-grown Christmas trees were purchased in the US in 2012.
- 98% of real Christmas trees come from tree farms and only 2% are cut from the wild.
- The US has 15,000 tree farms employing 100,000 people full- or part-time.
- In 2012, 85% of trees were purchased pre-cut, and 14% were cut-your-own.
- Each acre of Christmas tree farm land produces oxygen for 18 people.
- A seven foot tree takes 6-10 years to mature.
- The US hosts 4,000 local Christmas tree recycling programs.
- As a long-term crop, growing Christmas trees provides the perfect habitat for wildlife. Recycling a tree allows it to serve the environment even after the holiday is over!
National Gardening Association
National Christmas Tree Association
Michigan State University Extension