Did You Know ...?

Know the facts about trees!


Trees clean the air of pollutants and give off oxygen so we can breath easier.

Trees clean our water and make it safe for drinking, boating, and swimming.

Trees provide vital habitat for wildlife, from birds to bears including many endangered and threatened species.

Trees save money by reducing the cost of stormwater runoff, reducing home and office energy use, and improving property values.

  • Trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and metals.
  • Christmas tree rotations are much shorter than timber rotations. It takes 4 to 15 years to grow marketable Christmas trees. In comparison, timber production requires at least 20 to 30 years.
  • Christmas trees require less ground cover disturbance than many agricultural crops. Plus they can be produced on land which is only marginally productive for other agricultural uses.
  • There are about 15,000 Christmas tree growers in the U.S., and over 100,000 people employed full or part time in the industry.
  • There are approximately 5,000 choose and cut farms in the U.S.
  • It can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of average retail sale height (6 feet), but the average growing time is 7 years.
  • The top Christmas tree producing states are Oregon, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, California, and North Carolina.
  • Trees clean carbon dioxide from the air and make oxygen. An acre of Christmas trees produces enough oxygen for 18 people.
  • Christmas tree farms add to the quality of life in the state by protecting open space. They provide habitat for a variety of wildlife as well as protecting our watersheds from runoff and erosion, all at no cost to the taxpayer.
  • Christmas trees are a 6 million dollar business in Rhode Island and an important part of the state's agricultural industry.
  • The top selling Christmas trees are: Balsam Fir, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Noble Fir, Scotch Pine, Virginia Pine, and White Pine.



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