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North Carolina Christmas Tree Facts

  • North Carolina has approximately 854 growers producing Fraser Fir and other species of Christmas trees on an estimated 38,893 acres.
  • Fraser fir represents over 94% of all species grown in North Carolina.
  • Fraser fir is grown in the far Western North Carolina counties which include Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.
  • The North Carolina Christmas Tree Industry is ranked second in the nation in number of trees harvested and cash receipts. 2017 Christmas tree sales in North Carolina totaled in excess of $86 million dollars according to the 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture.
  • North Carolina produces over 26% of the Real Christmas Trees in the U.S. and harvests more than 4 million trees annually.
  • 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 13 times (more than any other species)....1971, 1973, 1982, 1984, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2007, 2008 2012, and 2018!
  • The North Carolina Fraser fir Christmas tree is one of 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.
  • The North Carolina Fraser fir has soft, pleasant-to-touch needles, incomparable needle retention, long lasting aroma, and more pliable yet stronger branches for even the heaviest ornaments.
  • Individual Christmas tree growers may sell anywhere from a few dozen trees per year to hundreds of thousands of trees per year.

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USDA Christmas Tree Facts

Click here for statistics on Christmas trees from USDA, NASS North Carolina Field Office and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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