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Why Choose a Real Christmas Tree?

Each holiday season, shoppers find themselves confronted with a choice: celebrate with a fresh, real tree, or one that is artificial and made from plastic or aluminum. What most people don't realize is that the best choice has always been the traditional and natural choice, a real Madison-grown Christmas Tree.

 

Real Christmas Trees Benefit the Environment.

While they're growing, real Christmas trees support life by absorbing carbon dioxide and other gases and emitting fresh oxygen. Christmas tree farms, such as your local Wisconsin tree farm, stabilize soil, protect water supplies and provide refuge for wildlife while creating scenic green belts.

 

Real Christmas Trees Are Renewable.

Real Christmas trees are grown on farms just like any other crop. To ensure a constant supply, Christmas tree growers plant one to three new seedlings for every tree they harvest. On the other hand, artificial trees are a petroleum-based product manufactured primarily in Chinese factories. The average family uses an artificial tree for only six to nine years before throwing it away, where it will remain in a landfill for centuries after disposal.

 

Real Christmas Trees Are Recyclable.

Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes.

 

Real Christmas Trees Help Preserve Green Spaces.

Christmas Trees are often grown on soil that does not support other crops.

 

    

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For additional information, visit The National Christmas Tree Association website.

Quick Tree Facts

  • Approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. every year.
  • Nearly 350 million real Christmas trees are currently growing on Christmas tree farms in the U.S. alone, all planted by farmers.
  • Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada. Eighty percent (80%) of artificial trees worldwide are manufactured in China, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.
  • The most common Christmas tree species are: Balsam fir, Douglas-fir, Fraser fir, Noble fir, Scotch pine, Virginia pine and White pine.
  • 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 U.S.
  • For every real Christmas tree harvested, 1 to 3 seedlings are planted the following spring.
  • About 350,000 acres are in production for growing Christmas Trees in the U.S., much of it preserving green space.
  • There are close to 15,000 farms growing Christmas trees in the U.S., 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 Christmas tree 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.