- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Following last year’s high Christmas trees sales nationwide, many Wisconsin growers are looking for another good year.

About 33 million real trees were sold in the U.S. last year, more than any of the previous seven years, according to the National Christmas Tree Association.

There are about 13,000 tree farms in the U.S., said the group’s executive director, Rick Dungey. Nearly 900 of them are in Wisconsin.

Several local vendors are optimistic that this year’s crop of trees will sell well, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1tDLVUh ) reported.

A tree lot in Wauwatosa sold more than 35 trees during the weekend. Co-owner Chris Leffler of Locker’s Florist, which supplies the lot’s trees, said that’s a great first-weekend number.

Calculating the average cost for a tree is nearly an impossible task given the variety of sizes, types and pricing models, Dungey said.

His group sponsored a survey in which participants reported paying around $35 on average for a real tree. But Michael Giljohann, owner of Tiger Lily Floral and operator of a tree lot, said the average price for a 5-foot to 6-foot tree is between $50 and $70.

When seeking the best tree to take home for the holidays, customers should pull on the needles to see if they stay intact, according to Ginger Ahl, a partner at Northern Family Farms in Merrillan. She said Frasers are the top-selling trees in the Midwest and tend to not shed many needles.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, https://www.jsonline.com

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