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Christmas Tree Facts

from your friends at Santa's Holiday Forest

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• Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association
• Trees for Troops

Quick Tree Facts

  • There are approximately 35 million Real Christmas Trees sold in North America every year.
  • North American Real Christmas Trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada. Most artificial trees are manufactured in Korea, Taiwan, or Hong Kong.
  • There are about 40 acres in production for growing Real Christmas Trees in Santa's Holiday Forest. Each acre provides the daily oxygen requirements for 18 people.
  • Real Christmas Trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and possible metal toxins such as lead, cadmium, and organo-tins.
  • Consumers can locate the nearest Real Christmas Tree recycling program by logging onto or calling 1-800-CLEANUP (1-800-253-2687).
  • For every Real Christmas Tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place the following spring.
  • There are about 15,000 Real Christmas Tree growers in North America, and over 100,000 people employed full or part-time in the industry.
  • It can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of average retail sale height (6 feet), but the average growing time is 7 years.

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Holiday Safety Measures

  • Select the freshest-looking Real Christmas Tree available. Make a fresh cut across the tree's base and immediately place in water. Keep the tree's water container full at all times, checking the water level daily.
  • Be extra careful with electricity, all open flames and other heat sources during the holidays.
  • Check all christmas tree lights, other electric decorations, and electrical appliances for wear (frayed cords, for example). Do not use lights, decorations, or appliances with worn electrical cords.
  • Unplug tree lights and other decorations when out of the room or sleeping.

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Holiday Safety Facts

  • According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), only a little more than approximately one-tenth of one percent (.012%) of residential fires involve a Real Christmas Tree.
  • According to NFPA data, of all the Real Christmas Trees enjoyed during the holiday season, fewer than one-one-thousandth of one percent (0.001%) are involved in a residential fire.
  • Real Christmas Trees are not as likely to be the first item ignited in residential fires as many other common household items:

    Newspapers and magazines - 13 times more likely
    Boxes or bags - 10 times more likely
    Curtains or drapes - 9 times more likely
    Linens - 8 times more likely
    Cleaning supplies - 3 times more likely
    Clothing on a person - 2 times more likely
  • At NO time can a Real Christmas Tree start a fire. Ignition sources are always external.

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After-Christmas Uses

  • Place the Real Christmas Tree in the garden for use as a winter bird feeder and shelter. Use orange slices and bird food to attract the birds.
  • Real Christmas Trees are biodegradable. The branches can be removed and used as mulch in the garden. The trunk can be chopped for mulch.
  • Large quantities of trees make effective sand and soil erosion barriers, especially at beaches.
  • Sunk into fish ponds, trees make excellent refuge and feeding areas.

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