Did You Know:

  • Oregon produces the most Christmas trees.

  • Since 1966, the National Christmas Tree Association has given a Christmas tree to the President and the first family.

  • Growing Christmas trees provide a habitat for wildlife.

  • An acre of Christmas trees provide the daily oxygen requirements for 18 people.

  • Recycled trees have been used to make sand and soil erosion barriers and are placed in ponds for fish shelters.

  • Christmas trees remove dust and pollen from the air.

  • Christmas trees take 7-13 years to mature.

  • In 1856 Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, was the first President to place a Christmas tree in the White House.

  • Artificial trees will last for six years in your home, but for centuries in a landfill.  They contain non-bioldegradable plastics and possible metal toxins such as lead.

  • Christmas Trees are grown in all 50 states, including Hawaii and Alaska.

  • 100,00- people are employed in the Christmas Tree industry.

  • 98% of all Christmas Trees are grown on farms.

  • President Coolidge started the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the White House lawn in 1923.

  • More than 1,000,000 acres of land have been planted with Christmas trees.

  • On average, over 2,000 Christmas Trees are planted per acre.

  • Thomas Edison's assistant, Edward Johnson, came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas Trees in 1882.

  • Real Christmas Trees are involved in less than one-tenth of one percent of residential fires and only when ignited by some external ignition source.

  • 59% of real Christmas Trees harvested are recycled in community programs.                                             

 

                                  *  Information taken from www.urbanext.uiuc.edu