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Noble Fir at Thorntons' Treeland. Trees are grown as a crop on tree farms, and the growing trees are nurtured year-round.
ince the early 1900s growers in the Pacific Northwest have planted, cultivated and harvested Christmas trees in what is now considered not only the largest, but also the finest growing area in the world.
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Douglas, Noble and Grand Fir as well as many varieties of pine and other species flourish in this region with its sunny summers and brisk, moist winters.
It takes about seven to nine years to grow a Christmas tree, depending on the species and the weather.
Some 112,000 Northwest acres will be planted in Christmas trees on an average year, and some 11 million trees will be harvested. Northwest trees are marketed across the United States and China, Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico, Guam, Puerto Rico and Samoa.
But when you go to Thorntons' Treeland for your tree, your tree will be hours old when you put it up!
Is choosing a real tree bad for the environment?
No! Christmas trees don't come from established forests - they are grown as a crop on tree farms. And trees are one of the most environmentally friendly crops around. A tree is harvested after seven to nine years, so 70% to 90% of the farm must remain in trees at all times. As soon as trees are cut, new ones take their place in the tree farm.
In Clark County, natural Christmas trees are collected after Christmas and chipped for use as mulching materials. They are completely biodegradable and will return their stored nutrients to the soil from which they came.
The Boy Scouts also collect trees and transport them to the recycling center as a fund raiser.
After your Treeland Treestand is installed and the tree is baled, it's easy to load, and quick to set up when you get home.
We think of evergreens as trees that never lose their leaves or needles, but actually, all leaves must fall off eventually. But an evergreen is defined as a tree or shrub that holds each new set of leaves which it produces for longer than 12 months.
How long the needles last varies widely: some pines, such as foxtail pine, will keep their needles from 10 to 20 years!
Sometimes we contrast evergreen with broadleaf trees, but there are broadleaf trees that hold their leaves longer than 12 months. An example is the madrone, which is a broadleaf evergreen.
Another good tree term to know is conifer. The conifers have needlelike leaves and grow their seeds inside cones, not flowers. But some 'cones' don't look like cones: in the juniper and yew, the cone looks like a berry.
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