About the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association
The mission of the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association (NCCTA) is to promote "real" Christmas Trees through marketing and education. We will contribute to the success of the Christmas Tree Industry by providing ethical, professional, and visionary leadership.
On this website you will find the means to locate Christmas Tree Wholesalers, Choose & Cut Christmas Tree Farms, Christmas Tree Growers that offer Mail Order sales, and much more.
North Carolina has over 1,300 growers producing Fraser Firs on an estimated 40,000 acres. Fraser Fir trees represent 98% of all species grown in North Carolina.
The North Carolina Christmas Tree Industry is ranked second in the nation in number of trees harvested and cash receipts.
The North Carolina Fraser fir has been judged the Nation's best through a contest sponsored by the National Christmas Tree Association and chosen for the official White House Christmas tree twelve times (more than any other species)...1971, 1973, 1982, 1984, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2012.
The North Carolina Fraser fir Christmas tree is the most popular Christmas tree in North America and is shipped into every state in the U.S. as well as the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, Japan and other points all over the world.
Producing the best tree for your family that nature and nurture can provide takes much time and effort. It can take anywhere from twelve to fifteen years for a tree to be ready to harvest.
It is a difficult and time consuming process, yet Christmas tree growers agree it is worth it when their trees become the decorative centerpiece of your home during the holiday season.
History of the NCCTA
The first Christmas tree marketplace was created in 1851 in New York City, however it took NC until 1955 to begin growing Fraser Fir seedlings specifically for harvesting. In 1959 5 Avery County growers created NCCTA. In 1964, NC was able to achieve selling one million Christmas trees with a price that averaged 1 dollar per foot. In 1971 the Fraser Fir was selected for the first time to be the White House Christmas tree. The following year over 400,000 Fraser Firs were harvested, but by 1979 1.4 million trees were harvested. In both 1982 & 1984 the NC Fraser Fir was selected to be the White House Tree.Since then the Fraser Fir has been selected 10 times to be showcased in the White House. By 1988 the NC Christmas Tree industry was valued at 55 million dollars and harvested 4.1 million trees every year. In 2006 western Christmas tree growers reduced pesticide use by half and continue to keep pesticide use as low as possible. The NCCTA continues to face challenges of modern production including changes in markets, issues with labor, and increasing complexity.