7 Surprising Facts About Christmas Trees
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They're a holiday staple, but you probably didn't know these fun facts about Christmas trees.
- Each year about 30 million American families enjoy a fresh, real Christmas tree during the holiday season.
- On average, it takes Christmas trees seven years to reach their standard retail height of 6 or 7 feet, perfect for most homes.
- About 17,000 farms produce conifers for the holiday market. Some even offer the opportunity to choose and cut your own, which can be a fun family outing.
- Don’t feel guilty about buying a fresh tree—you’re not ruining a pristine forest. About 98 percent of all Christmas trees are grown on farms as sustainable crops.
- For every tree they harvest, Christmas tree growers plant one to three new seedlings the following spring to ensure a constant supply. Close to 350 million trees planted by farmers are growing now and will end up in homes across the country.
- The first written record of a decorated Christmas tree is from Latvia in 1510. It says the tree was decorated with artificial roses. In the 1800s, German settlers brought the Christmas tradition to the U.S.
- Many Christmas trees are from the top six states for Christmas tree production:
- North Carolina
Want more surprising facts about a holiday plant? Check out: 8 Facts About Christmas Cactus
Originally Published: November 16, 2017