The North Carolina Christmas Tree Industry

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November 23, 2008. Ashe County, NC.. The Christmas tree industry in Ashe County..At the Miller's Christmas Tree Farm, 360.982.3088, Highway 16 N.. Jack Miller, left, carries a cut a tree for a customer in the "Choose and Cut" section of his tree farm.. His father used the land for cattle ranching, but when the bottom dropped out of that industry, the land was turned over to the X-Mas tree industry. . Mr. Miller says he gets about 1500 trees/acre and they ideally grow for 8 years before being cut. 9 or 10 years is the maximum time for a tree to grow before they grow together and get flat sides which makes them unsellable.