If you’ve been looking for the perfect gift for your next Christmas, you’re in luck because you can now buy a Christmas tree.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics says it’s the first time that more than one Christmas tree has been sold in one country.
It comes as more Australians are starting to see the value of trees in the home.
The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has released an online survey that found that Australians are buying a record amount of trees and it’s due to the country’s warm winter weather.
Australia is also one of the first countries in the world to allow people to grow and sell their own Christmas trees.
The survey found that in 2016 there were 6.3 million trees in Australia.
That’s an increase of 17 per cent on the previous year and the number of Christmas trees sold increased by almost 10 per cent to 6.2 million.
“Christmas trees are the biggest seller in the Christmas market with a massive $8.7 billion market value, with Australians spending $11 billion on them in 2016,” NFF spokesman David Gaughan said.
Christmas trees have long been the ultimate Christmas gift and they’re a favourite amongst shoppers.
In 2017, the National Trust for Scotland estimated that there were nearly 600,000 Christmas trees in Scotland alone.
There’s a real market for Christmas trees that are easy to grow in warmer climates and are usually planted on trees planted on a seasonal basis.
According to the NFF, the vast majority of the trees sold in Australia are grown in the north and east of the country, while the south and west of the state.
One of the most popular Christmas trees is the red-hued Douglas Fir (Populus tremuloides), which grows in a temperate climate and is an easy pick for holidaymakers.
You can also get your hands on many other Christmas trees such as white birch (Prunus altissima) and the red pine (Pinus grandiflora).
“The red pine is an excellent choice for Christmas as it grows in the south of Australia and is a favourite tree for children,” Mr Gaugh, from the NFB, said.
“There’s also a very popular white birn tree in Victoria and the Queensland government has introduced a new state Christmas tree law.”
The Christmas tree industry has also been hit by the downturn in the Australian economy.
It’s estimated that the industry lost $6 billion in 2016.
A new survey by the Australian Forestry Commission (AFFC) found that the Christmas tree trade had lost $13.4 billion between 2015 and 2016.
It’s a significant loss for the industry, which is responsible for almost one-third of all annual exports to Australia.
Last year the NFFs Christmas tree market was estimated to have sold more than $2 billion.
AFFC CEO Brian Smith said Christmas trees were a key part of Australian life and Christmas trees had been a favourite gift for generations.
He said Christmas had become a holiday tradition and Christmas was a “unique cultural event”.
“Christmas is a big part of our culture and we’ve seen that reflected in the number and variety of Christmas items available for purchase,” he said.