CBS: Christmas tree shortage's roots go back to 2008 financial crisis

CBS: Christmas tree shortage's roots go back to 2008 financial crisis

The National Christmas Tree Association says prices are on the rise 5 to 10 percent in many states.

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December 6, 2017
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'Tis the season for picking out the perfect Christmas tree. But for many shoppers it's coming with a bit of sticker shock.

"It was higher than I was expecting," Kristina Uban told CBS Los Angeles. "And we paid about the same for a bigger tree last year."

The National Christmas Tree Association says prices are on the rise around 5 to 10 percent in many states. It's being blamed on a Christmas tree shortage in certain parts of the country.

"And so speaking to my grower, he said, 'John, I'm not sure if i'm going to be able to give you your entire order this year, so you might start looking around,'" Patton Christmas Tree's John Patton told CBS Dallas. "All the growers are saying, 'we're shorter than usual.'"

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