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More than one million acres are planted in Christmas tree farms. Each year these farms cut and sell over 35 million real Christmas trees during Christmas celebrations. More than 2,000 trees are usually planted per acre. On average only 1,000-1,500 of these trees will survive. In the North about 750 trees will remain. Almost all trees require shearing to attain the Christmas tree shape. At six to seven feet, trees are ready for harvest. It takes six to ten years of fighting heavy rain, wind, hail and drought to get a mature tree.