National Christmas tree shortage will not affect North Dakotans


We’re a month away from Christmas, and people are already heading out to buy their holiday trees.

And this year some states will notice a slight increase at checkout.

We checked out if this increase would affect North Dakotans.

Oh yeah it started two weeks ago,” said Lowe’s Floral manager Paul Beck.

Manager Paul Beck of Lowe’s Floral says they’re Christmas tree sales started in the middle of November

“It’s a little early but that’s what they want to do,” said Beck.

In some states people are buying their trees that are 10-15 percent more expensive than last year.

“When the recession hit, they planted less,” said Beck.

According to the National Association of Christmas trees a 7 to 8 foot tree takes about 10 years to grow.

“They panicked,” said Beck.

and with less trees planted in 2008, this year– supplies are limited.

But Beck says North Dakotans don’t have to worry.

“Our prices haven’t changed for about five years”

Which means shoppers can still pick out the perfect Christmas Tree without breaking the bank.

“We have Colorado Spruce, Black Hail Spruce, We have Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine, Balsm Fir,” said Beck.

Depending on which fresh cut you decide to buy you’re looking to spend anywhere from 30 to 200 dollars.

“This is the most popular tree, it’s Fraser Fir it’s pretty good needle retention smells good in your house and they’re just nice and full and they’re perfect,” said Beck.

Now that the holiday’s are full swing, Beck’s been thinking about what’s on his Christmas Wish List…

“We want to run out,” said Beck.

And that’s to see all the Christmas trees leave with a family.

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