Special to The PREVIEW
One of the most recognizable symbols of the holiday season, Christmas trees can be seen in private homes, public spaces and many prominent locations beginning each December. Christmas trees come in all shapes and sizes, and families may prefer certain types of trees, including aromas, needle types and fullness.
Christmas trees have a diverse history. The following are some facts about Christmas trees that holiday celebrants may or may not be familiar with:
• Many harvested Christmas trees do not grow in the wild, but are raised on farms. Christmas trees are an agricultural product.
• Roughly 1 million acres are dedicated to tree farming.
• Approximately 25 million to 30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States every year.
• The top Christmas tree-producing states are Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Washington.
• It can take as many as 15 years for a tree to grow to the typical height required of a Christmas tree.
• Every state in the United States grows Christmas trees.
• Germans are credited with bringing the first Christmas trees into the home and decorating them in the spirit of Christmas. The first recorded reference to the Christmas tree dates back to the 16th century.
• Tree farms are beneficial to the environment because they reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air and help counter global warming.
• The most common Christmas tree species are balsam fir, Douglas-fir, Fraser fir, noble fir, Scotch pine, Virginia pine and white pine.
• Christmas trees can be recycled into mulch.