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Christmas trees cost upwards of $300 in some parts of Seattle

Dec 6, 2022, 3:50 PM | Updated: 4:04 pm
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Christmas tree prices have gone up about 10% or more all across the country, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. (Getty Images)
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Christmas tree prices have gone up about 10% or more all across the country, according to the National Christmas Tree Association.

The price of an eight-foot Christmas tree will cost upwards of $300 or more in Seattle and surrounding areas.

CBS News said drought is causing prices to go up as much or more than 25%.

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We purchased our Christmas tree two weeks ago for a five-foot Douglas Fir and paid $100. Last year, we shelled out close to $75.

If you don’t mind giving up the Christmas-y atmosphere, deals can be found at big box stores like Home Depot or Fred Meyer.

Alison Greene, owner of City Peoples Garden Store, said her tree grower sent a message back in July that prices were going up, so she could brace for impact.

“Because there’s been an increase in demand and there are fewer tree growers, prices have really gone up, especially on the larger trees,” Greene said.

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Not to mention inflation, gas prices, payroll increases, and demand have all caused the price to skyrocket.

Allison tells us another reason there are fewer large Christmas trees is because it takes longer to grow them.

She said her tree supplier is from Washington. Last year, he planted new trees and, because of the drought, lost a lot of saplings.

Greene also said she has two more shipments for the season and, even though prices are up, City People’s Garden Store will more than likely sell out of them.

Surprisingly, even though the taller trees are more expensive, customers are not haggling down the price.

The National Christmas Tree Association provides your tips of the day when buying a live tree.

Ask questions about the trees on the lot
Ask the retailer when they get the trees: Are they delivered once at the beginning of the season, or several shipments during the season? Often, a tree obtained soon after its arrival on the retail lot will be very fresh because it was cut recently. Also, ask the retailer which tree type performs best in your climate. Some species last longer and remain fresh longer than others in different climates.

Do a branch/needle test for freshness
Run a branch through your enclosed hand – the needles should not come off easily. Bend the outer branches – they should be pliable. If they are brittle and snap easily, the tree is too dry.

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Christmas trees cost upwards of $300 in some parts of Seattle