NC Choose & Cut Tree Care and Facts: North Carolina is the second largest Christmas Tree Producer in the nation! To top that, Ashe County (home of West Jefferson, NC) is the top Christmas Tree Producing county in the entire United States! Here are some other NC High Country tree facts and care information:
- What types of trees are sold?
98% of trees grown in the High Country are Frasier Fir. The Frasier Fir is the ideal Christmas tree due to its long, soft and long-lasting needles, sturdy branches and wonderful pine scent.
- How old is my Christmas Tree?
The Frasier Fir seedlings are three years old and about a foot tall when planted on the farm. From planting it takes seven to eight years to reach six feet tall. So, a six foot tree is ten to eleven years old and has been meticulously cared for by hand each year!
- How much of the trunk should be cut off before setting up the tree?
Removing a thin disk (1/4 to 1/2 inch) off the trunk before placing the tree in a water holding stand is all that is needed. It is always a good practice to make a new cut before putting the tree into the stand.
- How much water does my tree need?
As a general rule, a tree can use up to a quart of water per day for each inch of stem diameter. The warmer the temperature and the lower the relative humidity where the tree is displayed, the greater the amount of water required by the tree.