TREE-VIA, GAMES, & MORE
Snowshoe Evergreen Employee Book Recommendations
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Classic Story (Retold by Thea Feldman)
- The Polar Express (Written & Illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg)
- The Littlest Evergreen (by Henry Cole) *a Snowshoe Evergreen Favorite!
- Our Family Christmas Tree Farm (by Mary Alice Heine)
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National Christmas Tree Association
QUICK TREE FACTS
- 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 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 9 years to grow a tree of typical height (6-7 feet) or as little as 5 years, but the average grow 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, Nordmann fir, Scotch pine, Virginia pine, and White pine.
- Christmas trees have been sold in the U.S. since 1850.
TREE-VIA QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Q: Approximately how many Real Christmas Trees are sold in the US every year?
A: 25-30 million
Q: How many Real Christmas Trees are currently growing on Christmas Tree farms in the US alone?
A: 350 million
Q: For every Real Christmas Tree harvested, how many seedlings are planted the following spring?
A: 1 to 3
Q: About how many acres of land are in production for growing Christmas Trees?
Q: How many farms are growing Christmas trees in the in the US?
Q: What is Oregon’s official state tree?
A: Douglas fir
Q: What is the average growing time for a 6-7’ tree?
A: 7 years
Q: Name the top 6 Christmas tree producing states:
A: Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Washington
Q: Name the most popular Christmas trees:
A: Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Balsam fir, Virginia pine, and White pine.
Q: The first Christmas tree retail lot in the U.S. was started by Mark Carr in New York, what was the year?
Q: The United States’ National Christmas Tree has been lit each year since: ___________
Q: Which fir is not actually related to true firs?
A: Douglas fir
Q: Which species of trees in the only in the world that spreads seeds in cones, which also have genders?
A: Pine trees
Q: About how many liters of water do trees drink each year?
Q: What is the average life span of fir trees?
A: 60 years
Q: Which type of trees’ cones grow upward?
A: Fir trees
Q: Which state produces the majority of Fraser fir Christmas trees?
A: North Carolina
Q: Which trees can be a useful aid in preventing soil erosion when grown in the right spots?
A: Douglas Fir
Q: What are the main pests that Douglas firs are susceptible to?
A: aphids, scale beetles, and bark beetles
Q: Which tree is native to the Caucasus mountain range located in Turkey?
A: Nordmann fir
Q: Number of Christmas tree growers in Oregon: __________ Washington: ___________
A: Oregon: 700 Washington: 250
Q: Acres of Christmas trees in Oregon: ________ Washington: ________ Nationally: __________
A: Oregon: 42,000 Washington: 18,000 Nationally: 350,000
Q: Which state is the Pacific Northwest’s largest market?
Q: What are the average years to produce a 6-foot tree in the PNW
Douglas fir: _________ Grand fir: _________ Noble fir: _________ Concolor fir: _________
A: Douglas fir: 7 years Grand fir: 8 years Noble fir: 9 years Concolor fir: 12 years