Christmas Tree Growers

 

Nursery Newsletter - January 2014 

Veterans: For information on how to apply for License Fee Waiver under Act 209, see Veterans License Fee Waiver Program: 2011 Wisconsin Act 209

We license any person or business that grows Christmas trees in Wisconsin for eventual sale. If you grow both Christmas trees and nursery stock, you will also need a Nursery Grower License in addition to your Christmas Tree Grower License. This change took effect in 2009. You will complete the same application packet for both the nursery grower license and the Christmas tree grower license. If you also plan to buy and re-sell at least $250 of nursery stock, you must also obtain a Nursery Dealer License.

Licenses

You will need a PDF reader to view the application packet, which you can print and mail to us with your payment.

Christmas Tree Grower License Application Form - 5 page PDF

Frequently Asked Questions about Christmas Tree Licenses - 1 page PDF

Example Applications

The Christmas Tree Grower License Application for individual applicant/sole proprietor - 3 page PDF
This is a Christmas Tree Grower License example application for individual applicant/sole proprietor.

The Christmas Tree Grower License Application for a company such as a Corporation or LLC - 3 page PDF
This is a Christmas Tree Grower License example application for a company such as a Corporation or LLC.

Licenses are in effect from February 21 - February 20. The license fee depends upon the previous year's gross annual sales of Christmas trees which you grew.

Gross Annual Sales of Christmas Trees You Grew Last Year

Gross Annual Sales License Fee
$250 or less No license needed
$251 to $5,000 $20
$5,001 to $20,000 $55
$20,001 to $100,000 $90
$100,001 to $200,000 $150
$200,001 to $500,000 $250
$500,001 to $2,000,000 $450
greater than $2,000,000 $900

Persons making $250 or less in gross annual sales of Christmas tree are not required to have a license and Christmas tree lots do not require a license.

List of Licensed Christmas Tree Growers (Excel file) Updated August 1, 2014 
The following is a list of licensed Wisconsin Christmas tree growers. A rule change in 2009 requires that growers raising Christmas trees and nursery stock hold both a Christmas Tree Grower License and a Nursery Grower License. If these Christmas tree growers also raise nursery stock, they are now part of this list.

Shipping or Exporting Nursery Stock

When Wisconsin plants, nursery stock or landscape trees and shrubs are shipped to another state or country, the destination location may require that the plants or plant products be inspected and certified as free of insects or diseases.  The certification is often called a phytosanitary certificate and may be provided by DATCP or USDA.

Please visit Plant Shipment/Export (Phytos) for more information.

If you plan to ship Christmas trees out of a county quarantined for gypsy moth, you may need to treat the stock before shipment. See Record of Gypsy Moth Treatment (1 page PDF) 

Call 608-224-4574 or email for more information.