North Carolina produces over 12% of the real Christmas trees in the United States. North Carolina has over 1,600 Christmas Tree growers, with a total of 34.2 million trees growing on 23,530 acres. The North Carolina Christmas Tree industry in ranked second in the nation, behind Oregon in the number of trees harvested; and first in the nation in terms of dollars made per tree. North Carolina Fraser Fir has been judged the Nations Best through the National Christmas Tree Association96% of the Christmas Trees produced in North Carolina are Fraser fir. Ashe, Avery, Alleghany, Watauga, and Jackson counties produce 88% of North Carolina’s Christmas trees. It takes as long as 12 years to grow a tree to an average retail height of 6-7 ft. The average 6-7 foot Fraser fir Christmas tree has been visited by the grower more than 100 times during it’s life.