National Christmas Tree Association: Shortage may lead to higher tree prices
A shortage of Christmas trees may be the culprit of higher prices this year, according to the National Christmas Tree Association.
According to the association, the Great Recession a decade ago is to blame.
"In those years, we were in a recession and tree sales were down, prices were down, and we weren't planting as many trees," says Doug Hundley.
A Christmas tree can take up to a decade to grow – a full-sized tree is about 7 to 8 feet tall.
News 12 visited the Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm in Mattituck Friday, who says its prices will remain the same.
However, Hundley says the shortage could increase Christmas tree prices by 10 to 15 percent in some locations.
Christmas tree experts say prices could go down closer to the holiday.
The National Christmas Tree Association advises buyers to purchase their trees early to ensure a choice out of the best selections.