Hard to believe, but this year there is apparently a Christmas Tree shortage in Southern California.
Dan Bolender, who is the owner of Olympic Christmas Trees in Rancho Cucamonga said, “We’ve never seen a shortage. Nothing like this at all.”
He’s reportedly been selling Christmas trees in So. Cal for the last 37 years and explained that in past years there was a Christmas tree oversupply. That overflow of trees has forced some growers to fold and caused our current tree shortage.
The Christmas tree business owner went on to say, “I’m looking at trees in February — this is unheard of — I’m calling people and they’re saying we don’t have any more trees, Dan.”
CBS Los Angeles reports that according to Dan Bolender, the shortage has driven up the prices of Christmas trees just a bit this year, somewhere around 10 percent.
He noted that the bigger trees, such as the top-selling Noble Fir, are typically the first trees to be sold, and that the longer you wait to get your Christmas tree, the shorter your tree could possibly be.
Happy tree shopping and Merry Christmas!