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Santa's Forest Christmas Tree Farm only selling precut Christmas trees this year

At Erway's Christmas Tree Adventure in Wilson, they're harvesting their locally grown Christmas Trees.

"We heard there was a shortage of Christmas trees this year, so we made a decision to come out before the crowds picked them and we'd get first selection", Kugley said.

It's a tradition here in Southwest Louisiana: shopping for Christmas trees the day after Thanksgiving.

Foder Farms plants a variety of Christmas Trees on about 4-5 acres but have noticed the impacts as early as previous year when a lot of the suppliers they work with nationally just simply didn't have enough trees to go around.

Some people already have their Christmas tree up.

MOLINE, Illinois- If you're looking to buy a real tree for Christmas you may want to do it as soon as possible.

"Wholesale prices from the Pacific Northwest have gone up 50 percent", Coan said. The recent spate of hurricanes and possibly even Christmas tree farmers pivoting to pot have also bumped up prices this year.

The feeling the effects now because a 7 foot tree takes about 10 years to grow.

Poe said for the next few years the demand could overtake the supply.

He says the up and coming family business is doing well, but they're dealing with a new problem. Schmitt says he knew there was going to be a shortage this year and that is why he ordered early. Macy tried to purchase Grand firs from OR, but the farmer had to cancel the sale because a heat wave "fried the trees", Macy said.

Witt, who wore a green sequinned Christmas tree headband as she loaded boxes of tree baubles in the auto at Home Depot on Friday, does not agree.

"This is what we do", Patterson said.

A tight supply could affect the quality, selection and price. At the Capitol Market in Charleston fresh pine filled the air as tree sellers were stocked up.

Trees are most expensive in California ($76) and the least expensive in North Dakota ($27), though the data does not distinguish cities from more rural areas, where trees may be cheaper.

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