Experts: Christmas Tree Shortage Could Spike Prices
by Nikki Kimbleton, NEWS4 JAX
Posted: 2017-11-29 16:09:19 EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - You may have a harder time finding a Christmas tree this year, and you may have sticker shock when you do. It's all because of the economic recession a decade ago. 

Declining Christmas tree sales in 2007, during the Great Recession, led tree growers to plant fewer trees. That's according to a spokesperson for the National Christmas Tree Association, the trade association representing the Christmas tree industry.  The result, 10 years later, is a smaller supply because a 7- or 8-foot Christmas tree takes about 10 years to grow.

The exact increase in price for Christmas treesthis year will vary based on the type of tree, its size and the location where the tree is purchased, but estimates are you will pay at least 5 percent to 10 percent more than last year. 

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