Even though buyers of Christmas trees are scrambling to snap up the trees before sellers run out of stock, the sellers themselves see no shortage of the trees prior to Christmas. A number of forestry organizations like GWD Forestry, a sustainable forestry company, have warned of a paucity of trees as early as July. They said that the tree shortage could remain as long as 2025. One of the reasons for this shortage, the spokesperson said, is that the forest fires of 2016 have burned off a large number of trees.
Doug Hundley, spokesperson, National Christmas Tree Association, said that the buyer fear stems from the sales decline during the Great Recession about 10 years back. The following year saw growers of Christmas trees not having sufficient funds and space to plant the adequate number of trees. They would have done so if the sales during the previous year were better. The result is the present day perception of tree shortage. He assured that there will be a sufficient number of trees as the economy is good.
The situation on the ground, however, is markedly different. Wholesale businesses of Christmas trees are booming and there are no tree shortages. Resellers are calling up as normal and there is no urgency. The wholesalers plan to exhaust their complete stock by the third week of December. This is as a number of people are making their Christmas tree purchases earlier than usual- a phenomena wholesalers and resellers welcome wholeheartedly. Approximately about 2,500 trees are sold from each wholesaler every season.
Resellers and tree heights
When it comes to Christmas tree resellers, they are already receiving the shipment of trees which have been ordered in July from the farms. Trailers come loaded with trees from the farms and unload them in front of the reselling business. The trees come vertically packed and net wrapped so that they remain tidy and neat.
The only minor shortage is the presence of nine-foot trees. According to the industry professionals, this happened as the trees were cut when they were seven foot due to the drought. Many growers have also cut back production from the numbers grown about 15 years back. A typical farm nowadays grows anywhere between 350,000 trees to 400,000 trees. Each tree takes about 10 years to grow to the desired height prior to being harvested. Most of the trees sold are about 14 years old.