PA, one of the tops in the US for Christmas trees

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 8, 2013 3:44 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania ranks near the top of the country when it comes to Christmas trees.

More than one million Christmas trees are cut in the state every year, putting it in the top five nationwide.

Turning a seedling into a five or six foot tree ready to go in a home is a year-round task though.

"They shear trees, they do mowing, and they work on sustainable pest management issues, and ensuring the trees that they're growing are healthy and are going to be suitable for you to purchase and put in your home," says Stacy Zimmerman of the Christmas Tree Growers Association.

"It's something that we grow just like corn or apples. It takes a farmer  up to 7 years to grow that tree that you're going to pick out at Christmastime to put in your home."

The Christmas tree industry in Pennsylvania is worth nearly $14 million a year.

1,200 tree farms are sprinkled throughout the state. For a list of places to find a tree, click here.

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