Why Christmas Tree Farms Are Blaming Shortage on 2008 Recession

Blanche Robertson
December 7, 2018

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. According to the council, the availability of real Christmas trees is down 40-50 per cent, but there is no shortage in Halifax. For California, the problem has been exacerbated as growers in the Pacific Northwest - where most of California's Christmas trees are grown - moved away from planting pines in favor of more lucrative crops like hazelnuts and, in some cases, marijuana. He blames the 2008 recession for higher prices this season, especially for the short supply of taller trees he's experiencing. And since the trees take eight to ten years to mature, they're harder to find right now. Wilk says his prices are up 20 percent.

"There's a lot of stress, because it's like, 'Are we gonna sell trees?"

"He had really good quality trees to ship and we've got really good quality trees here", said Hebb. "It's closer to the ocean, to the river and there wasn't too much damage in there". A nine-and-a-half foot Fraser Fir cost $95.

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"It affected the amount of people that bought trees because what's burnt is like a little caterpillar, a little brown caterpillar, but if you hit it, it will fall off", Hogan said. "The smell, I want the fragrance where you wake up in the morning".

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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