Where Do Christmas Trees Come From?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097

When you’re a kid, it never occurs to you to wonder where Christmas Trees come from. I know they come from lots of places in the U.S. and Canada, but here in Jackson County, NC we have a good number of Christmas Tree Farms.

Many of them are family owned and have been for a couple of generations. From many conversations with the members of one family we’ve learned that making sure people have beautiful trees for the Christmas holidays is a good business but really hard work. Christmas tree farmers are out in all kinds of weather and at all hours taking care of the trees.

This photo was taken traveling a back road from Cullowhee to Cashiers. The farm actually caught me by surprise because the road I was taking was very steep, dark, narrow and twisting. Imagine my delight when I crested the hill and drove out into these wide open spaces.

Our Western North Carolina area is full of surprises like that. Who would ever have guessed that at the top of some of our mountains are the rich and fertile farmlands? This kind of unexpected vista is just one of the many reasons I appreciate the area I live and work in. Every chance I get I try to take “the road less traveled” to fully familiarize myself with this region.

Pine Creek Rd Christmas Tree Farm copywrite Mona Gersky


As a bonus, I’ve learned at least some of the places that Christmas Trees come from!

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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Mona, We have about 6 Christmas tree farms in our market area.  All family owned and run.  In high school and Louisiana used to work on my American History teacher's Christmas tree farm planting the seedlings :)  Bill


Dec 23, 2011 12:33 AM #1
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Mona - nice photo! I knew a lot of our trees here in Jacksonville, FL come from NC, but haven't seen and Christmas tree farms in NC!

Dec 23, 2011 12:33 AM #2
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I was honestly not aware of the concept of a christmas tree farm. I guess we don't have many where I live, but even for the big one they place at Rockefeller Center in NYC, they always make a huge deal each year of saying from whose front yard it was cut down. It's considered a tremendous honor.

Dec 23, 2011 12:59 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Mona. A neat slice of life. I always enjoy your stories and insights. Wishing you and the entire tribe a great Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. Give the lab brothers a hug for me.

Dec 23, 2011 01:05 AM #4
Mitchell J Hall
The Corcoran Group - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Here they come on big trucks loaded with trees. I saw the trucks a couple of weeks ago. Maybe they came from Western North Caroina. Great shot! Beautiful farm!

Dec 23, 2011 03:27 AM #5
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Hi Mona: I just learned how X-Mas tree farms operate when we visited one in Central MD for the first time last week! It was a pretty neat experience to set out with a wagon and saw and wander about to find the perfect one! I think we'll be making it a tradition! I also just read in the paper today that the real X-Mas tree sales have been going down for the past few years - I don't like that at all and thus am doing my part to support the local ones!

Dec 23, 2011 04:15 AM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Mona - I remember as a kid when Christmas trees began to pop up on city lots, I always wondered why I hadn't noticed them there in July.  I guess I always thought they bloomed where they were planted:-)

Dec 23, 2011 04:27 AM #7
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
(909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind

Hi Mona,

 Here in California, we get a lot from Washington and Oregon. There are about a dozen large Christmas tree farms around here that we used to go to pick out our tree and then they would cut it, sometimes flock it, and package it for driving home with. It was such a great experience for my little girl. I think that is why she hates a box tree now but it is easier for us and the new ones are lovely. I do miss the smell of a real tree.

I love your picture. The rows of trees are so nicely placed on the hill. Thanks for sharing.

Dec 23, 2011 05:47 AM #8
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Mona:  My wife's family has had a Christmas Tree Farm in the family for a few generations ... and they were always a recipient of a beautiful fresh tree each from that farm for the Holidays.  And you're right .. it's VERY hard work to get those trees in the perfect shape we all recognize and enjoy.  I admire our cousin for everything he does to make our Holidays beautiful and happy. 

Keep takin' those backroads ... and Enjoy!


Dec 23, 2011 09:18 AM #9
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Mona, it's fun to visit these places to cut down your own tree. 

Dec 23, 2011 02:09 PM #10
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Bill, you must know first hand what kind of hard work is involved.

Carol, there are so many people who visit here from FL around Thanksgiving and get their Christmas trees then.  There's probably a really good chance some of your tree lots have NC trees.

Jill, that's funny.  Reminds me of kids in big cities who think vegetables come from cans.  I have mixed feelings about the grand old trees that get cut down to decorate the White House or Rockefeller Center.  I know they are beautiful but ...

Sheila, thanks.  The lab brothers are pretty huggable...well, except after digging sprees!

Mitchell, it's big business and like everything else it's had its challenges with the economy.

Andrea, I'm glad you've got this new tradition.  You can also buy "dug" trees and then replant them.

Myrl, again...city kids thinking chickens come from packages and vegetables from cans.  From a child's perspective it's pretty logical thinking.   It's a lovely thought though...blooming where planted.

Kristin, my family used a white tree with blue balls for years.  We lived in California and then Florida.  There was a color wheel light and I have to admit, I loved it.

Gene, love those backroads!  Sounds like really nice memories and yay for the cousin.

Patricia, you probably have farms close to you in Virginia and it is fun to find the perfect tree.


Dec 23, 2011 11:17 PM #11
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I am not fond of the pines they try to pass off as "Christmas" trees in my area.  Although I do like cedar.  But the last few years we've purchased.  What kind of trees do they grown on the farms near you?

Dec 24, 2011 02:00 AM #12
Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
Royal Pro Real Estate Network - Langley, BC

Another beautiful photograph, Mona - your area of North Carolina is truly stunning!  Wishing all the best to you, Leslie, Sienna and Lazer kitty (and any other assorted critters I might have missed) at Christmas!  Thank you for the support, encouragement, and entertainment (I've really enjoyed your posts) - and I'm grateful to have met you through ActiveRain!

Dec 24, 2011 04:32 AM #13
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Tammy, a lot of Frazier Fir is grown here.  They smell so wonderful and are beautiful trees.

Karen, I feel the same.  We are hoping that Lazerkitty makes it through Christmas but we just don't know.  Her little body is growing so tired and we are so sad about it.

Dec 24, 2011 12:32 PM #14
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Hope your Holiday is wonderful and your 2012 is spectacular!

Dec 24, 2011 02:03 PM #15
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I might have to drive up and get me a tree next year.  I so don't like getting one that has been cut for days and days.

Dec 25, 2011 03:07 PM #16
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Thanks Sheila, they will be as long as we can make sure the Office Manager is healthy also.

Hi Tammy, how about I make it easy for you.  You and your Donald can stay in the guest cottage as long as you don't complain about the dogs occasionally woofing!  Then you can get a nice fresh tree, maybe one with the root ball still on it so you can replant it and replace one of your trees you lost this year.

Dec 25, 2011 11:10 PM #17
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