2015-12-02 / Other Jenkins News

The Christmas Tree

By Jason Mallard
County Extension Agent

It’s hard to believe it is already December and time for many to get a Christmas tree. Each year in the United States, millions of Christmas trees are decorated in homes bringing the feeling of Christmas with them. The most common types of fresh Christmas trees are pine, fir, spruce, cedar and cypress.

Few people have the option of finding a tree in the woods in our area with the next best option being a choosen cut lot for that fresh tree cutting experience. There are a couple of things to consider when choosing the perfect tree. When calculating the appropriate height of the tree, one should know the height of the ceiling where the tree will be placed, height of the tree stand, and the distance needed for tree toppers.

When purchasing a previously cut tree, check the tree for freshness by brushing your hand over the needles to be sure they are pliable. The needles of a fresh tree should bend and not break or fall off. Keep in mind some needles inside the tree will naturally shed and need to be shaken or bounced from the tree. As far as preparing the tree for the stand, be sure the trunk is straight and the removal of necessary lower limbs will not distort the desired shape of your tree. Before bringing the tree indoors, cut ½” to 1” off the base of the tree since the previous cut could be sealed over and inhibit moisture absorption. Be sure the tree is not placed near fireplaces, heater vents or other heat sources.

To locate a Christmas tree farm, visit the following website and click “Farm Finder” to find a Christmas tree of your own: http://www.gacta.com/

I hope everyone enjoys their Christmas tree and has a blessed and Merry Christmas. Remember to keep your fresh cut tree well-watered to keep it healthy and safe.

Below are interesting facts from the National Christmas Tree Association website:

 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.

 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.

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