Consumer Reports: Christmas Tree shortage
If you don’t have your Christmas tree yet you may want to get a move on it.
Clayton and Kathryn Tolbert made their annual 8-hour drive from Florida to North Carolina, just to get their Christmas Tree.
"We've made it a tradition the last two years to come up here and get our tree, this is our 3rd year coming up, but we were sadden when we got here and they said we're out of trees and it’s not even December yet," said Clayton Tolbert.
Christmas Trees only grow about a foot a year, so when the economy tanked in 2008, fewer trees were planted creating the current shortage of 8 to 10 foot trees. Boyd Mountain Christmas tree farm in north Carolina is cleaned out and won’t have any trees ready until next year.
"That's been the hardest part, its heartbreaking from our point of view, because we're suppose to be open two more weekends and there are families who have been coming for 12 to 15 years," says Darren Nicholson of Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm.
There is a dramatic range in prices for Christmas Tress in our area. Prices for 8 to 9 foot trees have been listed from $80 up to $400 and higher.