Christmas tree prices are on the rise due to an extreme shortage this year

Christmas tree prices are expected to increase by more than 15% this year.

Posted: Nov 24, 2021 11:00 PM
Updated: Nov 26, 2021 11:32 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Christmas tree prices are expected to increase by more than 15% due to an extreme shortage this holiday season. 

“Yup, supply and demand has reached a point where we have to increase the cost to the customers because the wholesalers are increasing their costs due to the shortage and the increased amount of labor it takes to harvest the trees," said David Beresford, the Owner of Sierra Cascade Christmas Trees. 

Some customers though tell Action News Now the price difference hasn’t affected them.

“I really didn’t notice a whole lot of an increase in price, maybe a few dollars, but you’re going to spend about $100 on a nice tree. That’s fairly normal," said Keven Lemos, who just purchased a tree this year. 

Beresford tells Action News Now the cost for the business to purchase trees has increased more than 15 percent too. This issue may also be going on for the next two to three years as hot weather is making a severe impact on the supply.

“In the state of Oregon, we had unprecedented heat in June of 117 degrees, which the trees are actively growing at that time, and that basically wiped out about 25% of the harvestable supply for this season," said Beresford. 

He tells Action News Now many smaller growers are focusing more on hazelnuts, hemp and other cash crops that are easier to grow than Christmas trees. These trees take about eight to 10 years to harvest, while the other crops mentioned have a quicker process and can be done in less strenuous conditions. 

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