- It’s estimated that two million Christmas trees are sold across Canada every year.
- Canada harvests around 5.5 million trees annually. Of those, B.C. produces 300,000.
- In 2008, Canada exported most of its trees to the United States. The breakdown of sales per province was as follows: 860,900 from Quebec, 540,000 from Nova Scotia, 307,100 from New Brunswick, 11,400 from Ontario, 3,300 from B.C. and 51,600 from Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan combined.
- Canada exports to other countries, including Mexico, Japan, the Cayman Islands, Panama, Venezuela, the Bahamas, Aruba, Barbados, Guatemala, the Netherlands, Honduras, British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Jamaica, El Salvador, Antigua and Barbuda, Turks and Caicos Islands, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Singapore, Ecuador, Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda, Nicaragua, St. Vincent and Grenada.
- The species that sell the most are the balsam fir and the Fraser fir.
- It takes six to 15 years for a tree to mature and bring to market.
- For every tree harvested, two to three seedlings are planted in its place
- A newer Christmas tree option is the "rental" idea. One company offering this service is Burnaby’s Evergrow Christmas Trees, which will deliver a potted tree to you and pick it up after Christmas.
The facts about artificial trees:
- Most are produced abroad — in China, Taiwan and South Korea.
- On average, an artificial tree lasts between seven and 10 years.
Source: The Canadian Christmas Tree Growers’ Association and the Recycling Council of B.C.