Washington’s Christmas Trees

A successful hunt for a the perfect tree at one of Washington's Christmas tree farms. Photo: DNR

A successful hunt for a the perfect tree at one of Washington’s Christmas tree farms. Photo: DNR

Here we are at the beginning of a whole new year, and I’m betting that many of you still have your Christmas trees up.  It’s been a tradition in my family to leave our tree up until after New Year’s Day. Growing up in Hawaii, our Christmas trees were shipped to us.  We went down to a tree lot at the mall, chose our tree, and excitedly took it home to decorate.  Ah, the smell of the fresh fir boughs was so enchanting.

Can you imagine how excited I was when I moved to Washington State and was taken to a tree farm, given a saw and sent out to choose and cut the perfect tree for our family!  I think I was more excited than my kids were!  It felt so much more like Christmas.

With that in mind, here are some really cool facts about the Washington State Christmas tree industry.

Did you know:

  • That Washington is the Number 6 Christmas tree producer in the United States.
  • Christmas trees are harvested in 32 of Washington’s 39 Counties.
  • Washington’s Christmas trees are sold in Hawaii, California, and the Pacific Northwest states, and internationally to Mexico, Asia, and in small markets from Belarus to St. Maarten.
  • In addition to Christmas trees, holiday greens used for swags and wreaths —mostly noble fir and western redcedar—are sold around the U.S., as well as Canada and Japan.

This information was excerpted from the State Department of Agriculture’s website.  For more information, or read Facts about Washington’s Christmas tree and holiday greens industries

Deb Whitney
Asset Management and Public Use Division