Commissioner Hugh Weathers: Benefits of a Live Christmas Trees

Thanksgiving has come and gone, I am sure most people are ready to start getting those Christmas Trees. Commissioner Weathers is here to talk Christmas Trees and the benefits of buying a real Christmas tree this year.

  • Once again this year I have heard the age old question “Is it better to buy an artificial Christmas tree than cut down a live Christmas tree every year?”
  • The truth is, when you support the Christmas tree industry by purchasing live Christmas trees, you are contributing to a cycle of life that significantly improves our environment.
  • To ensure a constant supply, Christmas tree growers plant one to three new seedlings for every tree they harvest. So cutting a tree does not reduce the number of trees working to purify the air.
  • Real Christmas Trees are grown on farms just like any other crop, and these farms employ more than 100,000 Americans.
  • To ensure a constant supply, Christmas Tree growers plant one to three new seedlings for every tree they harvest.
  • On the other hand, artificial trees are a petroleum-based product manufactured primarily in factories.
  • The average family uses an artificial tree for only six to nine years before throwing it away, where it will remain in a landfill for centuries after disposal.
  • Some 350 million Christmas trees are now growing on U.S. farms (about 30 million are sold each year), and as they grow, they will start to store carbon. Most artificial trees are made from nonrenewable plastics.
  • The farms that grow Christmas Trees stabilize soil, protect water supplies and provide refuge for wildlife while creating scenic green belts. Often, Christmas Trees are grown on soil that doesn’t support other crops.
  • You can contact the Pee Dee Farmers Market, Greenville Farmers Market, and the South Carolina State Farmers Market located in West Columbia.
  • Please contact these Farmers Markets to receive information on their seasonal hours. Also, please don’t forget to get fresh local decorations such as wreathes and garland that these vendors sell.
  • Our farmers markets have many vendors who are happy to make life easier by selling Christmas Tree that you can bring home to your family.
  • Please buy a live tree this year and support your state Christmas Tree Association and local Christmas Tree farms!
  • South Carolina has a large Christmas Tree Association that is a great resource for everyone to use and buy local trees
  • On their website,, you can simply put in your zip code and find the closest South Carolina Christmas tree farm