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The National Christmas Tree Association is a great source of information about Real Christmas Trees.
Quick Tree Facts:
Environmental Benefits:
  • While they're growing, Real Christmas Trees support life by absorbing carbon dioxide and other gases and emitting fresh oxygen. The farms that grow Christmas Trees stabilize soil, protect water supplies and provide refuge for wildlife while creating scenic green belts. Often, Christmas Trees are grown on soil that doesn't support other crops.

Fake Trees:
  • Most fake trees (85%) in the U.S. are imported from China.

  • Most artificial Christmas trees are made of metals and plastics. The plastic material, typically PVC, can be a potential source of hazardous lead. The Children's Health Environmental Coalition has published warnings about them.

  • Fake trees are not fireproof.  Overloaded electrical outlets and faulty wires are the most common causes of holiday fires in residences - these are just as likely to affect artificial trees.

  • Fake trees are not better for the environment.  Most artificial trees contain PVC (polyvinyl chloride).  According to the Children's Health Environmental Coalition, the manufacture of PVC creates and disperses dioxins, which include the most toxic man-made chemical known. Released into air or water, dioxins enter the food chain, where they accumulate in fatty tissues of animals and humans, a potential risk for causing cancer, damaging immune functions and impairing children's development.

  • For each real tree cut, a farmer replants contributing to open space and fresh air in your community. 


Holiday Safety:
  • Keep your tree watered. 

  • Overloaded electrical outlets and faulty wires are the most common causes of holiday fires in residences - these are just as likely to affect artificial trees.  Check your electrical wires and don't overload electrical outlets.


reprinted from the National Christmas Tree Association website at


  • 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 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.


    USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) and your local Christmas Tree professional.

    Reprinted from the National Christmas Tree Association website at


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