SANTA CLARITA, California: Amidst lower inventories this year, the price of farm-grown Christmas trees rose significantly.
Brent Green, owner of a Santa Clarita tree farm that has been in business for nearly 50 years, said other factors have also contributed to this increase.
"It has just been a little harder this year.with drought being a major one. It browned out a lot of the big trees, we will not get those back until next year, when they have re-flushed from all the rains that they did get these last couple months," he added.
"The shortages of labor, people just not wanting to work, has spiked all the tree prices up north, as well as gas prices have made all the freight charges, bringing trees down south, a lot more expensive," he added.
"So we still have great selection of trees, we still have a lot of beautiful trees. They have just gone up about 20 to 25 percent this year," he said.