If you’re chasing the invigorating scent of a fresh Christmas tree, you'll need more green in your pocket this year.
The National Christmas Tree Association says a tree shortage will hike up prices five to 10 percent in 2017.
The Mitchell family says it’s an annual holiday tradition to buy a fresh Christmas tree and this year is no exception.
“Every year since our boys were little we would go out and look for the perfect tree," Judy Mitchell said.
She said her family picked up a slightly smaller Christmas tree this year and it was more expensive, but it’s worth it to keep their family tradition going.
Daryll Smith, the owner of Holiday Hills Christmas Trees, owns several lots throughout South Texas and says tree prices increased five percent last year and another 10 percent on top of that this year.
The sticker shock stems from the great recession several years ago, which meant fewer seedlings were bought and farmers planted fewer trees, creating a shortage, according to The National Christmas Tree Association.
Smith also blames Hurricane Harvey for the spike in price to transport his trees from the Willamette Valley in Oregon to South Texas.
"We absorbed as much as a company as we could and then we had to raise our prices,” Smith said. “I’m not happy about it."
The tree shortage forced him to open three fewer tree lots and hire about 15 fewer employees. He didn’t want to elaborate on the financial hit but said it would be a significant one.
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