How long do christmas trees last?

Although after christmas is over the majority of people will take their tree down to the compost heap, it’s a question that’s commonly asked and people are curious about. How long do christmas trees last when you don’t dispose of them? Well, this is of course variant on what environment your tree has been living in prior, but there are general life spans that a christmas tree will follow.


A christmas tree, which is usually an evergreen conifer such as a pine or fur tree, has a pretty regular life expectancy if you’re considering growing them yourself. Most christmas trees are harvested around the 10 years mark of growth; yep, you heard that right. Many people underestimate the effort gone in to growing and harvesting a full fledged christmas tree business; you could be waiting 10 years for your first sale!

Now, what you’re probably wondering is how long a christmas tree is cut. Or, as Phoebe from Friends might say, how long until your Christmas tree is brutally murdered?


Well, after each tree is murdered they’re usually given a life span of around one month. If you’re super lucky, your christmas tree might be ‘okay’ for around 6 or 7 weeks, but around this time your tree will start to lose it’s life and color, so you shouldn’t expect to keep your tree up past January.

Of course, here at RSA trees we don’t advocate using real christmas trees, which is why we advocate the use of artificial christmas trees as we believe that using real christmas tree is a form of unnecessary killing. Though everyone is entitled to their opinion, we do advise that you do your own research in terms of the reality of the life of a tree and how it should be treated.

Hopefully, this short article answered any questions that you migght have had regarding the life span of a christmas tree; it’s a lot longer if you give them the chance to live!

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