Preview of Christmas Tree Prices in 2020
We are now about a week into 2020, and 2 weeks after Christmas...and we are finally getting the definitive word on Christmas Trees in 2019 and a preview of what the 2020 Christmas tree sales will look like.
Washington State University’s Gary Chastagner [CHASS-tag-ner], also known as Dr. Christmas Tree. He notes one of the biggest changes came in the form of consolidation and bankruptcies triggered by the 2008 recession.
Another notable change is the tree itself. Chastagner says when it started at WSU in the late 1970’s, more than 90 percent of the trees were Douglas firs. But that has changed with the rise in popularity of other varieties such as Nobel and Frasier fir.
Chastagner says like other growers, the Christmas tree industry continues to struggle with labor and transportation costs.