Michigan's Xmas Tree Boom

Matthew Donnellon

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Michigan's Booming Christmas Tree Business

Michigan is home to a thriving Christmas tree industry, with over 1,400 farms growing trees on more than 45,000 acres of land. The state ranks third in the nation in Christmas tree production, behind only Oregon and North Carolina.

The Christmas tree industry in Michigan is a significant economic driver, generating over $100 million in revenue each year. The industry also supports over 10,000 jobs, from tree growers and harvesters to truckers and retailers.

"We'll ship about 500,000 Christmas trees this week alone,” Dutchman Tree Farms Nursery Manager Scott Powell said.

"We're loading the truck to a Boy Scout group in Michigan, Kansas and so Santo and his crew are loading this truck,” Powell said. “So, we serve a lot of Boy Scout troops, a lot of service groups, a lot of independent box stores and independent garden centers.”

The demand for Christmas trees is strong in Michigan, with over 2 million trees sold each year. This demand is being driven by a number of factors, including a growing population, an increase in disposable income, and a desire for fresh, locally-grown trees.

Michigan Christmas tree farms are located all over the state, from the Upper Peninsula to the southern border. The state's diverse climate and soil conditions make it ideal for growing a variety of Christmas tree species, including balsam fir, Fraser fir, Scotch pine, and white pine.

Michigan Christmas tree growers are committed to sustainable practices, using environmentally friendly methods to grow and harvest their trees. They also work closely with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to ensure that their operations are protecting the state's forests and environment.

The Michigan Christmas Tree Association (MCTA) is a non-profit organization that represents the state's Christmas tree growers. The MCTA provides support and resources to its members, and it also promotes the Michigan Christmas tree industry to consumers.

If you're looking for a fresh, locally-grown Christmas tree this year, be sure to visit a Michigan Christmas tree farm. You'll find a wide variety of trees to choose from, and you'll be supporting a Michigan business.

Here are some of the benefits of buying a Michigan Christmas tree:

  • Freshness: Michigan Christmas trees are cut fresh to order, so you can be sure that you're getting a tree that is still alive and healthy.
  • Variety: Michigan growers offer a wide variety of Christmas tree species, so you can find the perfect tree for your home.
  • Sustainability: Michigan growers are committed to sustainable practices, so you can be sure that your tree is being grown in an environmentally responsible way.
  • Support for local businesses: By buying a Michigan Christmas tree, you're supporting a Michigan business and helping to keep our economy strong.

Christmas tree season is a special time of year in Michigan. Get out to a local farm and pick out the perfect tree for your home.

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Matthew Donnellon is a writer, artist, and sit down comedian. He is the author of The Curious Case of Emma Lee and Other Stories

Detroit, MI

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