This time of year it’s not hard to find evergreens, which is perhaps why this special day was positioned so strategically close to the holidays. Whether in our homes topped with angels, in our yards adorned with lights, or even just as they are out in nature, evergreens are truly one of the most majestic and beautiful of the world’s creations.
These coniferous beauties not only stand in dignified beauty smelling seasonally festive, but offer a reminder of some of life’s most simple lessons. Drink plenty of water, let your roots grow deep and always show your true colors.
With the national day of recognition for Evergreens on Friday this week (12/19/14), we thought it would be cool to take a moment and revel in some of the cool things about these trees that you may not know….
- There are approximately 25-30 million Real Christmas Trees sold in the U.S. every year.
- There are close to 350 million Real Christmas Trees currently growing on Christmas Tree farms in the U.S. alone, all planted by farmers.
- North American Real Christmas Trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada. Eighty percent (80%) of artificial trees worldwide are manufactured in China, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.
- Real Trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and possible metal toxins such as lead.
- There are more than 4,000 local Christmas Tree recycling programs throughout the United States.
- For every Real Christmas Tree harvested, 1 to 3 seedlings are planted the following spring.
- There are about 350,000 acres in production for growing Christmas Trees in the U.S.; much of it preserving green space.
- There are close to 15,000 farms growing Christmas Trees in the U.S., and over 100,000 people are employed full or part-time in the industry.
- It can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of typical height (6 – 7 feet) or as little as 4 years, but the average growing time is 7 years.
- The top Christmas Tree producing states are Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Washington.
- The most common Christmas Tree species are: balsam fir, Douglas-fir, Fraser fir, noble fir, Scotch pine, Virginia pine and white pine.
In fact, if you are in the spirit and would like to go get your own real Christmas tree, www.applehill.com has a list of local Christmas tree farms you can visit and have your tree up just in time for Christmas!
So take a moment to appreciate the evergreen trees in our lives and what they do for us day in and day out. We’re lucky to share this planet with the trees and are grateful for their contribution to our vitality and life.