The North Carolina Christmas Tree Industry

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November 23, 2008. Ashe County, NC.. The Christmas tree industry in Ashe County..Trees that have grown to their desired height are cut by hand, due to the steep terrain in which they grow, and loaded onto trucks for hauling to a loading yard..  Ashe Co. is ideal for Frazier firs as the altitude, soil, and temperatures are perfect for the finicky trees.. The trees are grown at nurseries until they are 5 years old and then planted. They will grow to an average of 7 to 8 feet tall, the "ideal" Christmas tree height, before being cut and sold. Some are cut smaller and larger, but the majority of sales come in the 7 to 8 foot range.