LOUISIANA'S CHRISTMAS TREE INDUSTRY
Louisiana's Christmas tree industry grew out of research in the early 1960s initiated by the School of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at Louisiana State University. Louisiana's climate is suitable for growing several species of popular trees allowing trees to reach market size much sooner than those grown in other regions of the country.
The freshest of the real Christmas trees are those grown locally, providing for a longer presentation in the home. Most Louisiana Christmas tree farmers provide their trees through choose and cut operations where customers choose and cut their tree amongst the field. Visiting a Christmas tree farm is a family experience and one of the few times that one has a chance to visit a working farm.
Several species of trees are grown with new trees appearing on the market. The most popular trees are the Leyland cypress (with several cultivars) and Virginia pine followed by Eastern red cedar, Deodar cedar, Carolina sapphire, Loblolly pine, and Spruce pine. Growers continually experiment with new species and cultivars so be on the lookout during your next visit.
If you have not tried a Louisiana grown tree you should consider having a family outing at a local tree farm where the freshest of real trees are available. There you will often find and experience more than a field of trees.
Louisiana is recognized as a national leader for the use of Christmas trees in coastal restoration projects. Please visit the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources web site describing the Parish Coastal Wetlands Restoration Program.
Tree Selection and Care Tips (PDF, 29KB)