Christmas Tree Shortage Could Increase Prices, Officials Say

Christmas tree field

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) — Christmas trees are in short supply this holiday season.

The National Christmas Tree Association said the tight supply comes after the great recession prompted many tree growers to leave the business.

Some shoppers will end up paying more or searching longer for their tree. But, industry officials said there is no cause for panic buying.

Tim O'Connor from the National Christmas Tree Association said most people will find what they want, but he adds prices could be a bit higher than last year's average retail price of about $75.

The association said U.S. consumers are expected to buy about 27 million live trees — roughly the same amount as the last two years.

WBZ NewsRadio1030’s Mike Macklin reports

 

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