Seattle area retailers could run out of Christmas trees weeks before holidays
If you want a real Christmas tree this year, you may want to get it soon.
There is a nationwide shortage of premium seven to eight foot trees this year. Back in 2008, growers planted fewer trees due to the recession and rising popularity in artificial trees, reports CBS.
Leo Van Hollebeke owns Donna’s Trees in Seattle and Bothell. He says they will likely run out a few weeks before Christmas.
“The shortage is real, and we and other retailers will likely run out of trees a few weeks before Christmas,” he said. “The artificial trees have made some inroads those few years and then their market share kind of stabilized. A lot of growers were kind of worried about that.”
So if you’re buying a tree early, he has some tips.
“Take it home, make a fresh cut and get it in water, even if it’s in the carport or backyard or wherever, and make another fresh cut before you put it in the house.”
He expects the shortage to end in a few years. A number of trees have been planted in recent years, but aren’t tall enough to harvest yet.
“The trees grow about a foot a year once they’re established on the farm, and so there are plenty of trees that are four to five feet right now, but they’re three years away from being a six, seven, or eight footer.”