Nationwide Christmas tree shortage blamed on recession


(CNN) — Higher prices and shorter supplies are two things no one wants to hear when it comes to Christmas.

However, it may be difficult to find the perfect Christmas tree this year.

The Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association says there is a tree shortage across the country. The organization blames the shortage on the Great Recession in 2008.

They say there was oversupply about 10 years ago and growers planted fewer trees to save money.

The effects of that are now being felt around the country.

The association warns shoppers to expect fewer trees to pick from — and higher prices for the trees they do find.

Customers could pay 10 percent more for a tree this year, according to the association.

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