LANSING, MI – On Thursday (Dec. 1), Governor Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed December as Michigan Christmas Tree Month. The month will recognize the “vital economic, environmental, and social benefits of Michigan’s Christmas tree industry,” according to a statement from the governor’s office.
“The holiday season is upon us, and it’s the perfect time for Michiganders to enjoy cherished traditions, like coming together to pick out the right Christmas tree for their family,” Governor Whitmer said in a statement. “Our local farmers and agricultural communities work hard every year to bring joy into our homes, especially during the holiday season. I encourage Michiganders to support them and recognize all they do for our state by shopping for a beautiful Michigan grown tree.”
Michigan ranks third in the nation for the number of Christmas trees harvested, according to a statement, supplying roughly three million fresh trees, which have an annual net value of $30-$40 million, to America each year.
“Michigan’s agricultural industry is deeply rooted within our favorite holiday traditions,” MDARD Director Gary McDowell said in a statement. “It’s incredible to see generations of Michiganders come together to pick out the perfect real Christmas trees at farms across Michigan. With a real Christmas tree, you get a fresh, fragrant, beautiful tree as the centerpiece of your holiday decorations.”
As for the variety of trees in Michigan, most popular kinds of Christmas trees available in Michigan are Scotch Pine, White Pine, Blue Spruce, Black Hills Spruce, Balsam Fir, Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir and Fraser Fir. The Michigan industry also makes $4.1 million in the sales of wreaths, cut boughs, garland and other similar items.