Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association
Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association
Christmas Tree Facts

Real Trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and possible metal toxins such as lead, cadmium and organo-tins.

As a Christmas tree producing state Indiana ranks 11th in the nation with 200 tree farms producing almost 200,000 harvestable trees per year according to the UDSA 2007 Ag Census.

It can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of typical height (6 – 7 feet) or as little as 4 years, but the average growing time is 7 years. Most Christmas trees are grown on farms utilizing soil that doesn’t support other crops.

For every Real Christmas tree harvested 1-3 seedlings are planted the next spring.

Growing Christmas trees is very labor intensive. The trees are shaped by annual pruning every year. This process is called shearing. The grower controls the growth of the tree through shearing to produce a bushy appearance and conical shape.