Why there could be a Christmas tree shortage until 2025

You might want to buy your tree soon because there's a shortage nationally.

KUSA - There’s a place in Evergreen where Christmas is everywhere.

From the portable restroom with a singing wreath to the elk grazing on the hillside.

“They’re reindeer,” said Rocky Brougham. “That’s what we tell the kids.

Rocky is the owner, or head elf, of Luckylure Christmas Trees.

This year, the demand for trees is higher than the supply because across the country, there’s a shortage after farms stopped planting as many trees during the recession.

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“Well the eight years it takes to grow a tree is now on our doorstep, and the shortages are expected to last until 2025,” Brougham said.

In addition to that, Brougham’s main Colorado supplier went out of business, so you’ll find trees from New Mexico and Michigan at Luckylure.

“We just had to pay all the money up front to buy the trees from the farms versus driving down to a wholesaler and picking up a truck-load at a time,” he said.

Brougham says if you want a real tree, get it early.

Because of the shortage, the National Christmas Tree Association estimates tree prices will go up by 5 to 10 percent. 

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