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History of the North Carolina Christmas Tree Industry


In August 2009, the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association celebrated its 50th year. To commemorate this event, the history of Christmas tree production in North Carolina with special emphasis on Fraser fir was developed.

Chapter 1 — Getting Started: How Christmas Trees Came to Be Grown in the United States

Chapter 2 — Why Fraser Fir?

Chapter 3 — How Fraser Fir Made It Off the Mountain and into Christmas

Chapter 4 — Starting an Association

Chapter 5 — Early Days: the 1960s

Chapter 6 — The 1970s

Chapter 7 — The 1980s

Chapter 8 — The Last Twenty Years


Prepared by Jill Sidebottom, Ph.D.
Area Extension Forestry Specialist, Mountain Conifer IPM
NCSU College of Natural Resources
NC Cooperative Extension Service

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Updated September 23, 2009