The following facts are from the Illinois Office of Communication
have been sold commercially in the United States since about
There are 291
Christmas tree farms in Illinois, according to the 2007 Census
farms rank 17th in the United States. Oregon has the most
Christmas tree farms: 1,852.
are grown in all 50 states. Oregon is the top producer by
volume. In 2007, it harvested more than 6.8 million trees.
Illinois ranked 17th with a harvest of 112,617 trees.
More than 17
million Christmas trees were harvested nationwide in 2007.
The value of all
Christmas trees harvested was $385 million in 2007. Illinois' crop was
worth $6.5 million.
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United States, more than 340,000 acres of land are planted in
Christmas trees, including 3,843 in Illinois.
On average, 2,000
Christmas trees are planted per acre. No more than 1,500,
however, will survive to maturity. Christmas trees typically are
harvested when they reach 6 to 7 feet in height and almost
always require shearing to attain their shape.
varieties are the Scotch pine, Douglas fir, noble fir, Fraser
fir, Virginia pine, balsam fir and white pine.
[Text from the
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information; LDN]