2019 Christmas Tree Report
Christmas Trees are in Tight Supply
Due to a number of factors, there is a very tight supply of Christmas Trees this year. This is happening nation-wide for a few reasons.
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.
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.
What does this mean for the 2019 Season?
This year Tree Towne is shipping in trees from Canada for the first time ever to help alleviate the shortage and to provide trees that are up to our high-quality standard. 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.