Tree and tree-service sales

TO FIND OUT MORE... Unless otherwise noted, all figures provided here were excerpted from the U.S. Landscape Tree Planting Survey, September 1997 (the most recent report from which information is available). The report was sponsored by the American Nursery & Landscape Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. This research was conducted by the National Gardening Association (NGA). To obtain the full report, contact NGA at 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT 05401, (802) 863-1308.

LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS TOP TREE BUYERS Of all trees shipped in 1995-96, landscape contractors purchased 31.9 percent; retail garden centers: 27.1 percent; re-wholesalers: 20.4 percent; general merchandisers: 14 percent; municipalities: 4.5 percent; and other customers: 2.1 percent.

EVERGREENS MOST-POPULAR SELLER Of all landscape trees shipped during 1995-96, 53,144,000 were evergreen trees (43.5 percent), 34,132,000 were shade trees (27.9 percent), 25,519,000 were flowering trees (20.9 percent) and 9,472,000 were fruit/nut trees (7.7 percent). That was about the same proportion of evergreen, shade, flowering and fruit/nut trees of total trees shipped in previous years.

A total of 122,268,000 landscape trees were sold in 1995-96-the fourth year in a row that total tree shipments increased and an increase of 5.1 percent over the previous year. In 1994-95, 116,282,000 trees were sold; 111,461,000 trees in 1993-94; and 103,985,000 trees in 1992-93. In 1991-92, a total of 98,012,000 trees were shipped, and in 1990-91, a total of 103,985,000 trees sold. Overall tree shipments have grown at an average annual rate of 3.3 percent from 1991 through 1996.

CONSUMERS SPEND $400 PER YEAR ON TREE CARE The average household that bought tree-care services in 1997 (the most recent year for which information was available) spent $434 on them. This added up to $2.4 billion of tree-care services, which was spent by 5 percent of the population (5.6 million households). Source: American Nursery & Landscape Association

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