Christmas tree shortage could mean higher prices, even sellouts

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Demand for real trees has returned but getting more seedlings has still been tough and that could mean higher prices. The most popular trees - like the Fraser fir - might sell out earlier than normal.

"There is a touch of an undersupply", National Christmas Tree Association spokesman Doug Hundley told Newsweek.

At Mr. Jack's Tree Farm in Charlotte, owner Casey Bolen said he will probably run out of trees a few weeks after Thanksgiving.

Once you buy your tree, get it into a strong stand don't let it dry out during the holiday season. Twenty-seven years later and with many changes along the way, his passion for Christmas tree farming remains strong.

If you are looking for a less than traditional tree this year why not try the 6ft White Alaskan Christmas Tree from Tesco for £25. As demand for real trees dropped, nurseries stopped producing seedlings.

"Everyone probably has their own "tree" that they think of when they talk about the Concord Christmas tree", he said.

They have 30 acres with close to 800 trees to sell.

"Yeah, there's a pretty big shortage of trees this year", said Sanchez.

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If you are exhausted of the mess that a real fir tree makes John Lewis are offering a 6ft Basics Festive Fir Christmas Tree for £45.

According to reports, tree farms in North Carolina and OR have been hit the hardest by the nationwide shortfall this year.

Many garden centres also sell artificial thin trees which are nearly like a standard, just with branches on the upper third of the tree.

For over four years, the tree lot has been the spot for people to get everything they needed for their tree.

One major issue in the aftermath of two such critical events such as drought and wildfire is how to aid the recovery of the trees, which will be stressed and thirsty. Local tree farmers added that states like Arizona, California, and Texas will feel the tree shortage the most in 2017.

North Carolina is a major grower and exporter of Christmas trees, with the state Christmas Tree Association reporting about 1,300 growers in the state.

"My dad planted the first trees in 1969", Hawkins said.

It takes 10 years to grow a tree, and now there just aren't enough to go around.

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