Saturday, October 15, 2011

Christmas Trees in the United States

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In the 19th century, cultivated trees from tree farms became popular and preferred as they had a more symmetrical shape than those grown in the wild.  Today, the Christmas tree farm industry is made up of 15,000 growers, employing 100,000 people, and producing 33 to 36 million trees per year.  Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii!  Each year, 77 million trees are planted, because it takes 6 to 12 years, depending on the species, for an evergreen tree to mature.  For more information, click here to go to the National Christmas Tree Association's website.

Thanks to Deborah Mitek's article, "O Tannenbaum", in the November 2011 edition of Needle Pointers magazine, a publication of the American Needlepoint Guild, for this information.

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