From: The Iowa Christmas Tree Growers Association
- Real Christmas trees are an all-American product, grown in all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. Most artificial trees are manufactured in Korea, Taiwan, or Hong Kong.
- Real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and metals.
- For every real Christmas tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place.
- There are about 1 million acres in production for growing Christmas trees. Each acre provides the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people.
- 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 100 choose and harvest farms in the state of Iowa.
- 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.
- Christmas trees can be used as mulch for gardens, parks or in animal stalls.
- Some communities use Christmas trees to make effective sand and soil erosion barriers, especially at beaches and on river beds.
- Sunk into private fish ponds, trees make excellent refuge and feeding area for fish.
- Before recycling, Christmas trees can be used to make bird feeders, adding color and excitement to the winter garden. Utilize orange slices, suet, and seed to attract the birds. They will come for the food and stay for the shelter in the branches.
Important – Never burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove. Burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup.
A&A Christmas Trees is a proud member of the Iowa Christmas Tree Growers Association.