O Christmas Tree: A Closer Look at the Industry [INFOGRAPHIC]

For those who celebrate, it wouldn’t be Christmas for a lot of folks without the smell of pine in their homes. For others, evergreens mean allergies, high price tags, or a lot of set up effort, so they opt for artificial trees.

Regardless of personal preference, it’s a big time of the year for tree-tailers, so we thought we’d offer a closer look at the iconic industry. Click on the infographic for an enlarged view.

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Kristen Berman is part of the product management team for QuickBooks Online. She started her own company called netNerds and used QuickBooks Online to run her business prior to joining Intuit.
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accompressor
accompressor

Fresh Christmas Wreaths can brighten up family spirits and serve as a great introduction to the holidays at your house. Fresh Christmas wreath options allow you to choose from a wide grouping of trees as the primary material. 

 

Thanks for sharing

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Thermometer Warehouse
Thermometer Warehouse

I do think that REAL and FRESH trees make a big difference, but how friendly they are in house I don't really know. Especially if you have pesky animals! It's nice to do if you are in an environment that is not surrounded by many Street Kids, because I would love to decorate a real tree outside somewhere close to home.

 

Holly X

Erlinda Pennington
Erlinda Pennington

We always have fresh Christmas trees except for one year that we did not have time to go to the farm and buy fresh cut tree so I bought a fake tree. The fake tree ended up being donated later. I hate putting it away and the thought of putting it back together is not as fun as going to the farm to get freshly cut Christmas tree. Since I have an acre of yard, I later decided to plant my own Christmas trees and shape them myself for a beautiful Christmas tree. The fun is shaping it myself and saving gas for a long trip up the mountain.

Bryan Fouts
Bryan Fouts

@Sean It sounds like you have a fake Christmas tree like me. I have always thought the Christmas tree industry was bad thing because I consider myself a Green person, but reading this article I had somewhat of an epiphany.-- The Christmas tree industry is over a billion dollar business, and that is a good thing for our economy. -- Real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource, and they are biodegradable. Up to 3 trees are planted for each tree that is cut down. (From another site) "In a national (USA) survey, 69% of consumers who used a Real Christmas Tree said they recycled it afterwards. Christmas Trees are recycled for five main types of use:chipping (chippings are used for mulch and making paths) lake and river shoreline stabilization river sedimentation management beachfront erosion prevention fish habitats" -- Coniferous trees produce more oxygen than broad leaf trees, and young trees in their rapid growth years have a high rate of photosynthesis and thus produce more oxygen than older trees. This is also a good thing. This site has more information on how Christmas trees are recycled - http://www.christmastree.org/recycle.cfmSo I would have to say that as of today my view on the Christmas tree industry has change and I no longer view it as a bad thing.

david t. in fayetteville, ga
david t. in fayetteville, ga

I can remember back in the 50s my dad selling Christmas trees year-round. He traveled all the time for J. Hofert (sp?) based in St. Louis and sold contracts for truck loads of trees to different retail outlets. That was one of his most lucrative sales jobs.

Sean
Sean

The stats seem flawed in that they don't account for fake trees being reused - i.e. it's not 8% of tree owners buying a fake tree every year - the study needs to account for would-be buyers that aren't buying a tree because they are reusing the fake tree they bought last year. Add that up, and the fake vs real tree stats are quite different - the same goes for money "spent" each year and the long term costs of purchasing a real tree each and every year.

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