Which State Is #1 for Christmas Tree Production?

December 11, 2015

Minnesota? Michigan? Wisconsin? Guess again. Oregon is the nation’s top Christmas tree producer. By mid-December, up to seven million Oregon Christmas trees will be harvested and sold in the country and internationally. Half of this total production will be sold in California.

Some facts and figures: 90 percent of Oregon’s 530 licensed Christmas tree growers ship out of state. Their biggest international customer is Mexico, receiving about 12 percent of the state’s annual Christmas tree harvest.

There has been a sharp decline in Christmas tree farms nationally—14,000 in 2012, down from 21,000 in 2002.

The market outlook is for a decent year for Oregon, but production is down from other states. This means buyers will have to work a little harder to find the types of trees they want and the desirable sizes. Prices are anticipated to be up slightly over last year.

The most popular species continue to be Douglas Fir and the Noble Fir, but newer species are gaining in popularity. Nordmann and Turkish firs perform well after harvest in terms of keeping their needles, color and fragrance. Another favorite is the Victorian Fir, which is trimmed so branches grow unevenly, yielding a more “open” tree.

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