When it comes to natural Christmas trees, Americans must bow to more of the same: higher prices.
Rising production costs and a tight supply of farm-grown trees are the underlying reasons why evergreen costs are likely to be higher this year, according to the National Christmas Tree Association, a trade group for growers.
“We’ve had a shortage of trees since 2016, and it’s still ongoing,” Jill Sidebottom, a seasonal spokeswoman for the National Christmas Tree Association, told CBS MoneyWatch.
People may be faced with less selection than in past holidays, but most people should have no problem finding a tree.
Sidebottom said, “The industry has been able to keep up with the demand for trees. It’s not like a pandemic when you went to get toilet paper and got woken up by bare shelves.”
A majority of 55 wholesale growers in August said they expect prices to increase between 5% and 15% compared to last year, according to survey findings released by the Real Christmas Tree Board.
“Prices will vary by location across the country and depending on the type and quality of the tree,” Tim O’Connor, executive director of the National Christmas Tree Association, said by email. “But we think a 10% price increase is a reasonable estimate of what consumers can expect to pay for a tree in 2022.”
“While our producer survey tells us that wholesale prices for real Christmas trees are likely to be higher this year, our consumer survey tells us that people expected as much,” said Marsha Gray, executive director of the producer-funded group Said which promotes natural trees and that agriculture department is looking after.
It is not surprising that there have been recent signs of easing, given the horrendous inflation in 40 years. The Labor Department had informed about this in NovemberCompared to last year.
Largely because of the drought, some parts of the U.S. are seeing prices for some trees rise as much as 25%, with trees unable to grow fast enough for the holiday season due to lack of moisture, CBS Los Angeles reported. Report given. American Christmas Tree Association.
Inflation and supply-chain issues are also part of the mix, pushing the cost of a six- to eight-foot-tall tree in West Los Angeles to between $150 and $200.
“The good news is, anyone who wants a Christmas tree this year will be able to find one, but the variety of typesAvailable may be limited,” Jami Warner, executive director of the American Christmas Tree Association, said in a statement.