Brace for sticker shock if you're planning to put up a live Christmas tree this year. There is a nationwide Christmas tree shortage this year, and prices for live trees continue to rise.
The shortage is from the economic recession a decade ago. Sales dropped in 2007 during the Great Recession. "They couldn't get rid of their trees, they couldn't sell them so they came in and just plowed and just burn mountainsides of them," said tree grower Pete Elliot.
Fewer trees were planted and because it takes ten years to grow a tree, the supply is limited. The exact increase in price for trees varies based on the type of tree, its size, and location based on where it was purchased.
The National Christmas Tree Association says the economy is good now, and demand for live trees is high, but unfortunately there are not enough trees. Officials are recommending people pick their trees in early December rather than waiting until later to ensure stock is still there.
Tannebaum Farms in Mason has been growing Christmas Trees for decades and has a variety of trees. It opens Friday, November 24. Experts say the shortage of popular size Christmas trees will likely last until at least 2025.