For the first time ever, the official residence of Los Pinos has a Christmas tree specially decorated to celebrate the holidays this year.
Donated by the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), it has been placed on the raised median of Molino del Rey, and has a height of 10 meters (including the root ball).
It is adorned with 20,000 lights, and hundreds of Christmas decorations made by Mexican craftsmen.
# Our Tree-fact sheet
Height:10 meters (including root ball)
Common name: Fir, Sacred Fir
Origin of tree: Ejido El Capulín, Amanalco, Edo. de México
Features: monoecious tree with a height of 35-40 m and occasionally up to 60 meters, and a normal diameter of 1.80 meters.
Distribution of the species in Mexico: Mexico City, Hidalgo, Puebla, Veracruz, Michoacán, Jalisco, Morelos, Mexico, Guerrero and Tlaxcala
Trees in Mexico
- Mexico has produced 800,000 trees for Christmas 2016, at the country’s commercial plantations.
- CONAFOR announced that it has registered 848 Christmas tree growers, 295 of which already have trees between five and eight years old ready for harvesting.
- The State of Mexico is the leading Christmas tree producer, with 500,000 trees in 4,715 hectares, followed by Mexico City with 178,000 trees spread over 131 hectares and Puebla in third place with 94,600 trees in an area of 4.6 hectares.
- Other tree producing states include Guanajuato, Michoacán, Veracruz, Tlaxcala, Coahuila, Hidalgo, Querétaro, Tamaulipas, Jalisco, Oaxaca, Zacatecas, Nuevo León, Chihuahua, Aguascalientes and Morelos. Domestic production discourages the illegal removal of small trees and restores deforested land.
- The sale of Mexican trees represents an income of approximately 360 million pesos.
When the season ends, they are recycled to make organic compost or substrate to produce more trees. The fact that these trees are a permanent crop activates the economy in rural areas through the creation of jobs requiring skilled labor.
Since 2013, CONAFOR has invested 7.8 million pesos in the establishment of new Christmas tree plantations, representing 781 hectares with a density of 2,200 to 4,000 trees per hectare.