about 30 million real trees are used for Christmas annually. They
are grown on farms and plantations in Florida and in almost every
other state and Canada.
Christmas tree harvesting does not upset the ecology. More
than 85 million trees were planted this spring by Christmas
tree growers to replace the 30 million trees that will be harvested
this year. The rule of thumb is to plant two to three trees
for every tree cut. Purchasing a homegrown Florida tree is good
for the environment because less fuel is used in transportation.
This also supports the farmers of the state and boosts Florida's
economy. A tree that is moist when brought into the home and
is kept moist by adding water through the base of the trunk
will not be a fire hazard.
People still love the tradition of real, natural trees in their
homes for the holidays. This tradition dates back to 1500 A.D.
The first Christmas trees were decorated with roses cut from
paper, apples, wafers, sugar candies and candles. Later, cookies
in the shapes of angels, hearts, and animals replaced the wafers.
Today's decorations vary with individual tastes. They include
special ornaments, garlands and bright lights.
Natural Christmas trees are used everywhere in both home and
commercial decoration. They are used in all types of indoor
and outdoor displays. The White House has a number of natural
The whole family can have great fun in the process of choosing
a tree. The preferred species of tree is often passed down from
generation to generation. In Florida, Red Cedar, Virginia Pine,
Sand Pine, Spruce Pine, Arizona Cypress and Leyland Cypress
are grown specifically for use as Christmas trees.