2020 Christmas Tree Report
Christmas Trees are in Tight Supply
Due to a number of factors, there is still a very tight supply of Christmas Trees this year. This is happening nation-wide for a few reasons.
What does this mean for the 2020 Season at Tree Towne?
Again this year, Tree Towne will try to make up for this shortage by shipping a record number of trees (Cook Fir and Balsam Fir) in from Canada. Despite these measures, we do expect to sell out early in the season so please get your tree as early as possible! We may not be able to guarantee replacements will be available later in the season if you have any issues with your tree.
Why are there so few Christmas Trees?
It takes an average of 7 years for a 5-6 foot Christmas Tree to grow. Because of this, farmers have to estimate what the demand will be 7+ years from now. During the recession of 2008, there was a decrease in demand for trees, and thus, a surplus. This led farmers to plant fewer trees during this time period and in the years following.
Now that the economy has recovered, the demand for Christmas trees is back up, higher than ever. Unfortunately, supply is now tight.
Older generations of farmers are retiring and there is less interest from the younger generation to take over the business.
There was a shortage of seedlings, resulting in fewer being planted in the ground.
Some farmers have sold off all their trees in order to sell their land to developers.
Due to the supply problem, prices have inevitably increased. Farmers are now struggling to plant enough new trees to overcome the shortage and meet future demand. Increased shipping costs this year will also be reflected in the pricing. For more information see our Christmas Tree pricing page.
When will this be solved?
We do not know when the demand issue will be resolved. We foresee the problem continuing for at least a few more years. This shortage has been difficult for both consumers and businesses like Tree Towne, and we want you to know that we are pricing our trees as fairly as possible despite the current market.