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Nationally, tradition holds: Real tree sales hold a two-to-one margin over artificial tree sales most years, with both segments doing more $1 billion each year.
The National Christmas Tree Association said Americans bought more than 26 million real trees last year.
That's good for the Old North State. Our Christmas tree industry is No. 2 in the nation (after Oregon) in number of trees harvested — producing about 20 percent of the trees sold nationally, valued at $75 million.