SAN ANGELO, TX - Many families love to shop for their Christmas tree right after Thanksgiving, but this year that tree might cost you a little extra green. The National Christmas Tree Association say there's a Christmas tree shortage nationwide.
When the recession hit in 2008 the demand for Christmas trees went down, which drove down the number of trees farmers planted the coming years.
“Five years ago there wasn’t that demand so they planted less trees, well now the demands back up,” said Shawn Uptergrove, owner of Concho Christmas Tree Farm in Christoval.
Shawn Uptergrove says the shortage of Christmas trees hasn't affected his farm directly, but it has changed the amount of trees he can order from out of state farmers.
Today, the U.S. is home to almost 15,000 Christmas tree farms but Texas is not among the states that produces the most.
“The farmer I deal with in North Carolina said he could not add any extra trees to it [order], he just didn't have the trees,” said Uptergrove.
As far as prices for real trees here in West Texas, they haven’t changed too much.
“I think my cost went up five percent or so, maybe 10 at the most,” said Uptergrove.
Farmer Uptergrove says he remains optimistic for the coming years.
“We've seen a surge, at least here in my small business, of people wanting real trees again,” said Uptergrove.
And that festive Fraser is always worth the few extra bucks.
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