On holiday trees.
- A typical tree can take from 8-12 years to go from seed cone to tree stand.
- The largest tree operations harvest a million trees/yr. Smaller ones about 30,000.
- Seedlings are produced by large forestry company’s transplanted several times.
- Blue Spruce is a popular variety, and Firs are now sourced in Turkey and Korea.
- Organic tree farms are rare. Growers typically use pesticides.
source: NY Times, Dec. 6, 2012.