CULLMAN, Ala. – Due to a national Christmas tree shortage, The American Christmas Tree Association recommends U.S. consumers find their Christmas tree early this season. The shortage comes from unprecedented weather events in the Pacific Northwest, including fires, drought and heat waves, which have impacted live Christmas tree crop yields, with some Oregon farmers reporting losing up to 90% of their crop this summer.
The ACTA stated, “The artificial Christmas tree supply is also facing challenges this year. The COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing economic recovery has overwhelmed the U.S. supply chain with increased demand for consumer goods, raw materials and transportation. Retailers predict that this overload could quadruple shipping costs compared to 2020. This supply chain overload means that there will be fewer artificial trees available for consumer purchase this season, and those that are available will come with a higher price tag.”
Stone Bridge Farms has this statement posted on their website: “Stone Bridge Farms regrets that it will not be selling live Christmas trees this holiday season due to a shortage caused by weather, the pandemic and labor issues. We are hopeful that conditions will improve to bring back the lovely Fraser firs that everyone has come to love next year.”
Jesse’s Christmas Tree’s hopes to be selling trees on Saturday Nov. 20. Jesse spoke about the difficulties in acquiring trees this year, “This week has been the week I was confirmed that I was getting trees, I didn’t really even find any until last week.” This year, Jesse will have Frasers and Canadian Furs, very similar to Frasers. His lot is located on Hwy 157 at the red light across from Walmart. For information about the available trees, call Jesse at (256)-347-9255.
Gibbs Garden Center of Hanceville will also be selling Christmas trees this year, and they also hope to have their trees for sale on Saturday, Nov. 20. For more information, call (256)-796-8192.
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