Why Christmas Tree Farms Are Blaming Shortage on 2008 Recession

Dave Young

Shawn Wilk has been selling Christmas trees for more than 40 years in Culver City, California.

It's been the trend now for the last several years, because when the recession hit in 2008, tree framers stopped planting new trees when their supply would be cut down. It can take about a decade to grow a full-sized tree.

If you went to buy a Christmas tree this year and you noticed a bit of a strain on your wallet, you're not the only one.

Once you get it home, make sure to water it regularly, or else it will dry out and be more likely to catch fire. Are we not gonna sell trees?

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, part of the problem stems from a shortage of trees.

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Hebb says the Nauglers ship most of their trees out of the country and the freeze did not affect them. A nine-and-a-half foot Fraser Fir cost $95.

But a lot of customers said the price is still worth it.

"We have families that I know this year are going to come to us and be disappointed", Executive Director Rick Politte said.

Have a look before you get round to unstringing the lights and you'll get your ideal set-up, straight off a Christmas card.

The Jeckers expect it will still be tough to get a tree for the next four to five years.

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