Before Thanksgiving, North Carolina Christmas tree farmers were preparing for a busy month. Choose and cut operations opened over the weekend across the western part of the state for consumers hoping to find the perfect Christmas tree. For weeks, growers have already been harvesting and preparing trees for shipment across the country for sale at home improvement centers, grocery stores and other retail locations.
The Fraser fir is the dominant Christmas tree produced in North Carolina, where the elevation and climate in western counties create perfect growing conditions for the crop. North Carolina growers also produce Concolor fir, blue spruce, red cedar, Leyland cypress, Carolina Saphire and Blue Ice Arizona cypress and white pine trees.
"We've had a good growing season and consumers will find a good, healthy selection and wide variety of sizes which to choose from," said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. For more information, click here.