Why Christmas trees are more expensive this year

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That means many people will be on the hunt for that flawless Christmas tree, but it could be harder to find this year, if you wait too long.

"We know how people have been trying their best to plant back trees for the last six or seven years, so we're expecting a whole new crop of small trees coming up", he said.

Because of the shortage, Christmas tree prices are expected to rise a little bit this year.

"Every now and then, you catch a break", said Schmitt.

"Wholesale prices from the Pacific Northwest have gone up 50 percent", Coan said.

It's official, the most popular day for buying a Christmas tree is the first Saturday of December.

Largent helps grow the trees and says, while they're aware of the shortage May Tree Farm has plenty at the Capitol Market.

But all that work isn't necessarily appealing to younger generations, and the number of Christmas tree farms is lower now than it was even a couple decades ago. While Americans have been buying real Christmas trees for around 75 years, Hundley said, the artificial tree industry has taken off in the last 25 years or so.

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A tradition that some families have kept up for years. "So you have to manicure the tree as it goes". I mean, you have to drive a ways, maybe pay more, but the main advantage is it's just really a family outing, it's not just to get the tree.

"If there were no Christmas trees, where would Santa put your presents?" We don't have to sell them on the idea of getting a tree. Macy tried to purchase Grand firs from OR, but the farmer had to cancel the sale because a heat wave "fried the trees", Macy said.

"We've always had one", she said with a shrug.

He's been growing and selling them for 34 years.

Trees are most expensive at an average of $66 on Black Friday as people get into the holiday mood.

Tips for picking a top-notch Christmas tree.

GWD Forestry reports the problem will likely continue because states with many tree growers, like California, West Virginia and the Carolinas, suffered major wildfires and droughts in 2016. "Choose and cut trees have to be trimmed twice a year, in the hot summer it doesn't matter".

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