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SC Commissioner Weathers: Christmas Tree Farming in SC

SC Commissioner Weathers: Christmas Tree Farming in SC

Many of us will be searching for a Christmas tree soon. Here’s Commissioner Hugh Weathers to tell us about SC’s Christmas tree industry.

  • Local choose-and-cut tree farms are a great choice for getting your Christmas tree.
  • Many are family-run, seasonal operations with all hands on deck during December.
  • Most will have plenty of native SC inventory although they may see an influx of early buyers.
  • Tree varieties grown in SC include:
    • Virginia Pine
    • White Pine
    • Leyland Cypress
    • Murray Cypress
    • Carolina Sapphire
    • Clemson Greenspire
    • Eastern Red Cedar
    • Deodar Cedar
    • Blue Ice
  • The SC Christmas Tree Association website scchristmastrees.org, lists most farms across the state.
  • A new survey from the Real Christmas Tree Board found that 78% of people who
    previously bought an artificial tree, but tried a real one instead in 2021, say they wish they had started buying real sooner.
  • After the holiday season, recycle your Christmas tree by taking it to a municipal recycling center for mulching. Some cities and counties also pick up trees curbside for the same purpose.