National Christmas tree shortage shouldn't affect local selection

Posted November 21, 2019 8:27 a.m. EST

— Christmas tree vendors across the Triangle said that because they rely on local farms, they’ll have plenty of supply to meet the demand for trees this year.

Tree experts at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture said farmers statewide have harvested 4 million trees. They're expecting to sell 1 million.

Even though demand is higher this year and there’s less than a month between Thanksgiving and Christmas, farmers say they have enough trees and prices will be the same as years past.

In some northern states, hot temperatures during harvest season a few years ago destroyed thousands of trees.

The TODAY Show reported that hot weather, the 2008 recession and significant rain have led to fewer trees this year in major growing states like Oregon, Michigan and Missouri.

By this weekend, customers will be able to buy Christmas trees at most tree lots and stores in the Triangle, including the Pittsboro Feed and Seed and the Home Depot in Apex.

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