Tree Facts

  • North Carolina ranks second in the nation in live Christmas tree production.
  • Fraser Firs are native to the Southern Appalachian region. They are extremely well-adapted to the environmental conditions of Watauga County.
  • Christmas trees are grown as a renewable crop, and therefore add more living trees to our planet. Unlike Christmas trees of the past, modern Christmas tree farms replant up to 3 tree seedlings for every tree that is harvested from their farm. Modern-day Christmas tree farms do not cut down trees in the forest and sell them to customers.
  • There are about 1 million acres in production for growing Christmas trees. Each acre provides the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people. Today, in America, there are enough Christmas trees planted that 18 million people a day are supplied with oxygen.
  • By planting Christmas tree seedlings every year, farmers are helping to decrease the carbon footprint of their farms. Living Christmas trees will absorb and retain carbon from the atmosphere and utilize it for photosynthesis, producing sugars and carbohydrates for the trees to live off of.
  • Christmas tree farms provide shelter, food, and habitat for a diverse array of wildlife, including bears, deer, groundhogs, squirrels, turkey, quail, songbirds, insects, and microorganisms in the soil.
  • Real Christmas trees, as opposed to artificial Christmas trees, are 100% biodegradable and can be recycled in many ways: chipped up for mulch, sunken in ponds to create fish habitat, placed in the backyard for use as a birdfeeder or using trees to stabilize sand dunes on coastal areas.
  • Artificial Christmas trees are made overseas from petroleum-based products and non-recyclable PVC plastics. Some artificial trees are packaged with a pair of gloves, to protect customers from directly touching the Lead that artificial trees contain.