Christmas Trees Prices Up With Everything Else
Like most items on that Christmas list, our Christmas trees will cost more this year too.
The American Christmas Tree Association says buying a fresh-cut tree will cost at least 10% more this year than last.
O’Connor: “ Fertilizers have significantly increased, other input costs. Trees aren’t the same as other row crops where the input costs are hundreds of dollars an acre. Trees don’t require that kind of production maintenance but there’s labor, there’s trucking. There are costs that are incurred that all have gone up. Much like every other sector, where the costs of producing a Christmas tree are higher."
Tim O’Connor with the American Christmas Tree Association. Additionally, he tells the USDA’s news service that demand is high but supply? Not so much.
While Christmas trees are farmed across the nation, the majority of America’s trees are from Oregon and Washington. Both states took the brunt of extreme weather events this year.
Southern tree farmers are doing well. The most popular trees grown in the southeast are the Leyland cypress tree - known as the Southern Christmas tree, the Arizona cypress which is found in two varieties, 'Blue Ice' and 'Carolina Sapphire' and the Virginia pines.
Sand pines are known as the Florida Christmas tree.
The Leyland Cyprus or Carolina Sapphire Christmas trees are also popular in Georgia. The Georgia Christmas Tree Association has a list of tree farms online.