Amazing Christmas Tree Trivia

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Many of us love trivia (and Christmas).  It just seems to make everything a little more interesting.  Here are some fascinating Christmas Tree Trivia:

  • The first decorated Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia in 1510.
  • Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United States since about 1850.
  • In 2002, Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Washington, New York, and Virginia were the top Christmas tree producing states.
  • Oregon was the leading producer of Christmas trees – 6.5 million in 2002.
  • More than 2,000 trees are usually planted per acre. On average 1,000-1,500 of these trees will survive. In the North, maybe, 750 trees will remain.
  • In the United States, there are more than 21,000 Christmas tree growers.
  • 100,000 people are employed in the Christmas tree industry.
  • 98 percent of all Christmas trees are grown on farms.
  • 73 million new Christmas trees will be planted this year.
  • In 2007, 23% of real Christmas trees sold were from chain stores, 9% by non-profit groups. 12% from retail lots and 21% from choose and cut farms.
  • An estimated 175,000 real Christmas trees are sold via e-commerce or catalogue and shipped mail-order.

Christmas Tree Trivia and the Environment

  • An acre of Christmas trees provides the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people.
  • Growing Christmas trees provides a habitat for wildlife.
  • Recycled trees have been used to make sand and soil erosion barriers and been placed in ponds for fish shelter.
  • Christmas trees remove dust and pollen from the air.

Above data provided by the National Christmas Tree Association (www.christmastree.org).

How many Christmas trees are sold in the United States each year?  What are the most popular Christmas Trees and why?  How many years are trees grown before sale and how are they started?  What percentage of people still cut their own tree down?  How many real and faux trees are sold each year?  To find answers to these questions, read our article “Surprising Christmas Tree Facts & Figures”.

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