Quick Tree Facts
There are approximately 25-30 million Christmas trees sold in the U.S. every year.
There are close to half a billion Christmas trees currently growing on Christmas Tree farms in the U.S. alone, all planted by farmers.
North American Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada.
Eighty percent (80%) of artificial trees worldwide are manufactured in China, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.
Real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource.
Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and possible metal toxins such as lead.
There are more than 4,000 Christmas tree recycling programs throughout the United States.
There are about 500,000 acres in production for growing Christmas trees in the U.S.; much of it preserving green space.
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 typical height (6 - 7 feet) or as little as 4 years, but the average growing time is 7 years.
For every Christmas tree harvested, up to 3 seedlings are planted in its place the following spring.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) and your local Christmas Tree professional.