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Christmas Tree Facts

Posted by Aimee Chandler -

Do you have a real tree or an artificial tree in your home this season? Did you know that there are over 500 Christmas tree growers in Illinois? Visit the University of Illinois Extension's Christmas Trees and More website at At this website you can:

  • See facts about Christmas trees.
  • Locate a tree farm.
  • Learn how to select and care for your tree.
  • Learn about tree traditions.

Here are few Christmas tree facts to get you started.

  • Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United States since about 1850.
  • In 2002, Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Washington, New York, and Virginia were the top Christmas tree producing states. Oregon was the leading producer of Christmas trees – 6.5 million in 2002.
  • The first decorated Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia in 1510.
  • Christmas trees take an average of 7-10 years to mature.
  • Christmas trees remove dust and pollen from the air.
  • Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states including Hawaii and Alaska.
  • An acre of Christmas trees provides for the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people.

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