Educational & Environmental
North Carolina Christmas Tree Facts
- North Carolina has an estimated 50 million Fraser fir Christmas trees growing on over 25,000 acres.
- Fraser fir represents over 96% of all species grown in North Carolina.
- Fraser fir is grown in the far Western North Carolina counties which include Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.
- There are over 1,600 North Carolina growers.
- The North Carolina Christmas Tree Industry is ranked second in the nation in number of trees harvested.
- North Carolina produces over 19% of the Real Christmas Trees in the U.S.
- 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 11 times (more than any other species)....1971, 1973, 1982, 1984, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2007 and 2008.
- 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.
- 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.
- There are approximately 400 Choose and Cut Christmas tree farms in North Carolina.
- Individual Christmas tree growers may sell anywhere from a few dozen trees per year to hundreds of thousands of trees per year.
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.