Nationwide Christmas Tree Shortage: Experts Say Get Your Tree Early

Jim Nabors in 2014 in an interview with news anchor Lara Yamada

Nicer Tree, Cheaper Price Owner Jay Wisshack says, "If you like a really nice selection, probably earlier would be better". "Tree sales were down, prices were down, and we weren't planting as many trees", NCTA's Doug Hundley told News 12 of Long Island, New York.

Brett says his NYC Christmas concert will not only embody the spirit of the celebration he throws every year in Music City - he envisions it as a test run for a trek he'll launch in 2018.

While there's a major Christmas tree shortage across the country, western MA growers haven't felt the impact. With the low volume, comes higher prices.

Whether it be a fir, a spruce, or a pine, what makes that flawless tree is in the eye of the beholder.

If you're heading out the door to pick out a Christmas tree, you should note that some tree varieties may be more expensive this year.

Last year, the $2 billion fresh tree market sold about 27 million trees compared to the 1.86 billion artificial tree market which sold 18.6 million trees.

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Unfortunately, the long-term prospect for Christmas trees looks pretty gloomy too. Thomas - also the president of the Maryland Christmas Tree Association - told Fox Business he's struggling to fill orders for retail store owners for their lots.

Pest control company Safer Brand says the most common bugs are aphids, spiders & mites, adelgids, sawflies, praying mantises and bark beetles.

Since the supply is down, growers have been forced to raise prices in several states.

Thomas continued, "The next generation doesn't want to be a tree farmer, as it's hard work and it takes eight to 10 years to grow a tree".

Wisshack says he began noticing the shortage about two years ago, and it could be a while before we have an abundance of trees to go around.

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