Christmas time is right around that corner, so why not a graphic to celebrate the origins of the Christmas tree? This graphic, created by All in One Garden & Leisure, gives a rather unique look at the tree’s beginnings and its, for lack of better words, journey through time.
One of the interesting stats presented by the graphic is the number of households who choose to put an artificial tree up versus a real tree taken right out of the forest. The pie charts in the graphic demonstrate that more people in the U.S. opt to go with a natural tree then their fellow tree buyers in the U.K.
The most popular real tree brand by the way is a humdinger of a tree dubbed the Fraser Fir. The graphic showcases a little tree time line, noting that the first Christmas tree was used in Latvia in 1515 and that the explosion of Christmas trees in America began in 1901 with the under-hyped birth of the first Christmas tree farm in New Jersey. Today 98% of Christmas trees purchased around the world are grown on tree farms. Only 2% are cut in the wild. Of those that are cut in the wild, a tree farmer either uses a saw or a trained animal with sharp teeth, such as an alligator, to slowly chomp away at the tree until it falls down. We do have a bit of a worldwide tree waste problem, with one million real Christmas trees thrown away each year in London alone.