Saturday, November 17, 2007

Christmas Tree Season Opens this Coming Week

For many of America's Christmas tree farms, they will open this coming weekend after Thanksgiving. There are many varieties, sizes and cut/precut to choose from. The National Christmas Tree Association has some great information about trees. Including the reasons for not buying a fake tree made in China.

Some Christmas Tree Facts:
There are approximately 30-35 million Real Christmas Trees sold in the U.S. every year.
An estimated 175,000 Real Christmas Trees are sold via e-commerce or catalogue and shipped mail-order.
North American Real Christmas Trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada. Eighty-five percent (85%) of artificial trees sold in the U.S. are manufactured in China.
Real Trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and possible metal toxins such as lead.
Consumers can locate the nearest recycling program by logging onto or calling 1-800-CLEANUP.
For every Real Christmas Tree harvested, up to 3 seedlings are planted in its place the following spring.
There are about 500,000 acres in production for growing Christmas Trees in the U.S. Each acre provides the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people.
There are about 21,000 Christmas Tree growers in the U.S., and over 100,000 people employed full or part-time in the industry.
It can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of average retail sale 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. (See a complete list of all 50 states ranked by several variables.)
The top selling Christmas Trees are: balsam fir, Douglas-fir, Fraser fir, noble fir, Scotch pine, Virginia pine and white pine.

Also you can help America's troops at the Christmas Spirit Foundation.

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