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Christmas Trees in North Carolina Mountains

Published: August 30, 2013

The National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) reports that millions of U.S. families plan to focus their holiday traditions around a real Christmas tree. That means that a lot of real trees will be sold this year starting in mid-November.

NCTA also says that "about 23 percent of the consumers will purchase their trees from a 'Christmas tree farm' while about 62 percent will buy trees from a retail lot." About 300,000 consumers will purchase their real tree over the Internet or by mail order. 

North Carolina Christmas Tree Quick Facts:

  • 2011 Christmas tree sales in North Carolina totaled in excess of $75 million Dollars
  • North Carolina growers produce over 20 % of the real Christmas trees in the United States
  • North Carolina has over 300 Christmas Tree growers, with approximately 37 million trees growing on over 32 ,000 acres
  • The North Carolina Christmas Tree industry is ranked second in the nation, behind Oregon
  • North Carolina Fraser Fir has been judged Grand Champion through the National Christmas Tree Association and chosen for the White House twelve times (more than any other species)....1971, 1973, 1982, 1984 , 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2012
  • The 2012 While House Tree came from Peak Farms in Jefferson
  • Christmas trees from Cool Springs Nursery in Banner Elk were chosen for the residence of the vice president
  • The top 5 Christmas tree producing counties in North Carolina are
  • Ashe, Avery, Alleghany, Watauga, and Jackson
  • It takes as long as 12 years to grow a tree to an average retail height of 6-7 feet
  • The average 6-7 foot Fraser fir Christmas tree has been visited by the grower more than 100 times during its life



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