Facts about Texas trees

Facts About Texas Trees

  • Approximately 150 Christmas tree farms in Texas produce 200,000 trees annually on 2,500 acres.
  • Texas Christmas tree growers contribute $12 million each year to the Texas economy.
  • Christmas trees have been grown commercially in Texas since 1977.
  • Real Christmas trees provide a natural habitat for birds, rabbits and other wildlife.
  • Locally-grown Christmas trees are fresh because they are harvested when needed.
  • Fresh-cut Christmas trees hold their needles.
  • The best way to insure a fresh Christmas tree is to cut it yourself.
  • Real Christmas trees are biodegradable.
  • Real Christmas trees can be recycled. They can be shredded into mulch, used for refuges and feeding areas for fish ponds, used as bird feeders and installed as erosion barriers along beaches and shorelines.
  • Christmas trees can be grown on land where other crops cannot be successfully grown.
  • Virginia and Afghan pines are the most common Christmas trees grown in Texas.
  • For every Christmas tree cut, there will be 2-3 seedlings planted.
  • 36 million U.S. families will cut a Christmas tree this year.
  • Prior to the 1950's, most family Christmas trees came from the forest. Today over 90 percent of Christmas trees are farm grown.
  • Christmas trees begin life in a nursery where superior seeds or cuttings are planted and grown to a seedling status.
  • The first decorated Christmas tree was in Northern Europe in 1510.