Oregon's nursery industry is ...
An Economic Force
Helping Oregon's economy
According to the USDA Census of Horticultural Specialties
(2014), Oregon is one of the top three nursery production states in the U.S., with $805 million in horticultural specialty products sold ($932 million if you include Christmas trees). Nursery/greenhouse products consistently rank as one of Oregon's top two agricultural commodities, along with beef cattle.
An estimated 75 percent or more of Oregon's nursery sales come from outside the state, making the industry an important traded sector. This translates into jobs that Oregon otherwise might not have. Oregon nurseries employ 22,859 workers in horticultural production during the year, with a total annual payroll of $327.6 million (USDA, 2014). Nursery workers make an average of $29,004 per year (Oregon Department of Employment, 2014).
Tops in the nation
According to the USDA Census of Horticultural Specialties (2014), Oregon leads the nation in the production of several ornamental plant categories:
- Acres in Nursery Production — #1 with 61,099 acres in nursery production, not including an additional 41,000 acres in Christmas tree production (also tops in the U.S.).
- Coniferous evergreens — #1 with $129 million in sales (23 percent of U.S. market)
- Deciduous shade trees — #1 with $114 million in sales (20 percent of U.S. market)
- Deciduous flowering trees — #1 with $50 million in sales (13 percent of U.S. market)
- Cut Christmas trees — #1 with $127 million in sales (35 percent of U.S. market)
Oregon is also first in bareroot nursery products ($119.5 million, 23 percent of U.S. market) and B&B nursery products ($113.4 million, 14 percent of U.S. market). Oregon sold $147.6 million of containerized nursery products (third nationally).