7 Surprising Facts About Christmas Trees

They're a holiday staple, but you probably didn't know these fun facts about Christmas trees.

  1. Each year about 30 million American families enjoy a fresh, real Christmas tree during the holiday season.
  2. On average, it takes Christmas trees seven years to reach their standard retail height of 6 or 7 feet, perfect for most homes.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Many Christmas trees are from the top six states for Christmas tree production:
    • Michigan
    • North Carolina
    • Oregon
    • Pennsylvania
    • Wisconsin
    • Washington

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