Monday, December 05, 2011
Did You Know?
When a tree is cut, over half its weight is water.
For every tree cut, 1 to 3 seedlings are planted the following spring.
North American Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada. 80% of artificial trees worldwide are manufactured in China, according to the US Commerce Dept.
Real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and possible metal toxins, such as lead.
There are close to 15,000 farms growing Christmas trees in the US, and over 100,000 people are 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; the average growing time is 7 years.
The top tree producing states are Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Washington.