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Division of Marketing and Development
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Mayo Building, M-9
407 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
(850) 617-7300

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Adam H. Putnam, Commissioner
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Christmas Tree Farming In Florida

Originally, the family Christmas tree came from the forest. Today, however, most Christmas trees are plantation-grown in cultivated stands to provide consumers with the best possible trees. While growing, Christmas trees provide many environmental benefits. They serve as wildlife habitat, increase soil stability, and provide a valuable and aesthetically pleasing improvement to the land.

Each year, the young trees must be shaped or pruned to encourage the tree to branch more quickly, and gradually achieve the full bushy appearance people prefer in their Christmas trees. During the three to six years it takes to grow into as well-shaped six to eight foot tree, the Christmas tree faces many hazards. Trees can suffer from too little sun, too much or too little rain, destruction by rodents, insects, disease, hail, fire, or by being overgrown by brush, vines or weeds.

Many tree farmers allow customers to choose and cut their own Christmas trees. This has helped renew the tradition of the entire family selecting and cutting the Christmas tree. For more information about Christmas trees, contact:

Florida Christmas Tree Association
35317 Huff Road
Eustis, Florida 32726
Telephone: (352) 357-9863

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