With the Christmas season coming (Yes, I said the word Christmas, the season we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ) I thought this would be a fun blog post. Although Christmas Tree farming is not a big forest product industry in Georgia, it just seems like trees and land go together…..
There are many species of trees used for Christmas trees but the dominant species are Scotch Pine, Douglas Fir, Balsam Fir, White Pine and Norway Spruce. Georgia grows primarily Leyland Cypress, Virginia Pine and White Pine north of the Gainesville-Rome line. See the following map.
Virginia Pine Range
Every state has Christmas tree fames but Oregon is the top producer
- Douglas Fir is the most widely grown tree in Oregon
- North Carolina is the second top producer with the Fraser Fir
- The United States grows about a half billion trees by 21,000 growers
- Generally the tress take 5-10 to mature
- Trees are planted close together to improve cash flow, many growers plant over 1,000 trees per acre
Advantages of growing Christmas Trees:
- Rotations are much shorter than commercial forest types increasing Present Net Value
- Can be grown economically on small acreage
- Can be grown on land that is only marginally productive for agriculture
- Capital investment can be low
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas season!
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