TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A nationwide Christmas Tree shortage may have you paying extra for the perfect tree this year.
Low supply is hitting some regions more than others and is all tied back to the great recession 8 to 9 years ago. When people didn't shell out the cash to buy a real tree, causing Tree Farmers to plant fewer seeds. Or pull out of the business altogether. Fast forward 8 years, the time it takes to fully grow your tree and Farmers are just now realizing the problem.
Duke Wheeler from Whitehouse Tree Farm says it’s the big pre-cut 10 to 15 foot trees that will set you back the most this year. As it is costing him significantly more to order them. He also believes it’s going to take 10 to 12 years for the Christmas Tree industry to fully recover. But right now his standard 6 to 7 foot trees have not changed in price.