Buying a Christmas Tree @NCchristmasTree November 25

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North Carolina Christmas Trees

In our family the days after Thanksgiving are the traditional time for us to go purchase a Christmas Tree. We live in a home built in 1910 with 11 foot ceilings.  Black and white photo of our home circa 1911

Kenney House 1911

A big house means a big tree. That means my wife wants a big Fraser Fir grown in North Carolina. Big means eleven feet or taller.

Yesterday my wife, one of my sons, daughter, her husband, and my granddaughter went tree shopping.

A big Christmas tree means a big project to get it in the house and set up. Also you have to decorate a large tree which is no small feat.

The pictures below show our family’s North Carolina grown Fraser Fir Christmas tree. It takes two strong young men usually from Greenstate Landscaping to get the 11 foot tree in place. They place the tree in the corner of a room in front of our home and place it on a 4′ by 4’piece of 3/4″ plywood. Each corner of the plywood has a an eye bolt for a chain to secure the tree from toppling over. You can see the eye bolts and chain in each photo below.

Some facts about North Carolina grown trees sold at Christmas.

North Carolina has approximately 1,300 growers producing Fraser Fir Christmas trees on an estimated 40,000 acres.

Fraser fir represents over 98% of all species grown in North Carolina.

Fraser fir is grown in the far Western North Carolina counties which include Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.

The North Carolina Christmas Tree Industry is ranked second in the nation in number of trees harvested and cash receipts.

North Carolina produces over 19% of the Real Christmas Trees in the U.S.

The North Carolina Fraser fir has been judged the Nation’s best through a contest sponsored by the National Christmas Tree Association and chosen for the official White House Christmas tree 12 times (more than any other species)….1971, 1973, 1982, 1984, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2012.

The North Carolina Fraser fir Christmas tree is the most popular Christmas tree in North America and is shipped into every state in the U.S. as well as the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, Japan and other points all over the world.

The North Carolina Fraser fir has soft, pleasant-to-touch needles, incomparable needle retention, long lasting aroma, and more pliable yet stronger branches for even the heaviest ornaments.

Individual Christmas tree growers may sell anywhere from a few dozen trees per year to hundreds of thousands of trees per year.

The results of buying a North Carolina Christmas tree, getting it in house, and decorated means a happy wife and life.

2011 Christmas Tree Mira


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