Christmas tree prices may be up due to shortages across the country

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, shortages of Christmas trees started last year and will continue for the next couple of years.

Christmas tree prices may be up this year, and for years to come, all because of shortages across the country.

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, shortages of Christmas trees started last year and will continue for the next couple of years.

Doug Hundley, a member of the association, said inventory is low, because it takes eight to 10 years to grow a Christmas tree. But during the recession, some businesses didn't make enough to plant more trees or closed down.

Chris Stromberg owns Northwood Christmas Trees.

Every year he goes down to the Sacramento area to sell his trees. 

He hasn't seen a shortage, but has gotten a lot of interest from people who are experiencing it. 

"All last summer, as well as this summer, I was getting notes, postcards, envelopes and messages in my mailbox of guys wanting to buy my entire inventory of trees," Stromberg said. "I have roughly 25 to 30,000 Christmas trees."

Some businesses have closed in the area like Abel's Christmas Trees.

We tried reaching out to them but haven't heard back. It's unclear if it may be related to the shortage. 

However if you're looking to buy, you'll still have a fair selection, but prices have gone up.

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