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13 Christmas Tree Facts

As the weather gets chilly, most of us are thinking about the approaching holiday season. Let us share our love of Christmas trees and the local farms that produce them with these fascinating Christmas tree farm facts:

  1. The world's first Christmas tree farm was sown in New York in 1850.

  2. The earliest Christmas tree farms were planted on poor soil where not many other crops would thrive.

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  3. Buying a tree grown locally means it will stay fresh longer, making it easier to care for and reducing the risk of fire.

  4. The US grows more Christmas trees annually than any other country, and every state in the US grows Christmas trees.

  5. The US contains 350,000 acres of Christmas tree farms.

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  6. 24.5 million farm-grown Christmas trees were purchased in the US in 2012.

  7. 98% of real Christmas trees come from tree farms and only 2% are cut from the wild.

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  8. The US has 15,000 tree farms employing 100,000 people full- or part-time.

  9. In 2012, 85% of trees were purchased pre-cut, and 14% were cut-your-own.

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  10. Each acre of Christmas tree farm land produces oxygen for 18 people.

  11. A seven foot tree takes 6-10 years to mature.

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  12. The US hosts 4,000 local Christmas tree recycling programs.

  13. 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!

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Sources

Illinois Extension
National Gardening Association
National Christmas Tree Association
Michigan State University Extension
Oklahoma 4H

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