Sparks encourages Alabamians to buy home grown Christmas trees

MONTGOMERY, AL., (WSFA) -- Agriculture and Industries Commissioner Ron Sparks encourages Alabamians who celebrate Christmas to go out and buy a tree from an Alabama Christmas tree farm this holiday season.

"Some of the best Christmas trees, such as pine and Leyland cypress, are grown right here in Alabama," said Sparks. "There is nothing like the smell and appearance of a fresh from the farm Christmas tree to get you in the holiday spirit."

Sparks also wants to make sure that everyone uses appropriate safety precautions when displaying their Christmas tree to ensure a safe holiday season. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one-tenth of one percent of all residential fires occurring in the United States result from Christmas trees, both real and artificial.  Although the percentage of risk may seem small, the damage from a house fire can be devastating when it happens, and simple safety precautions can be taken to prevent tragedy during the holidays.

To find a Christmas tree farm in your area and tree safety tips, please visit the Department's website at