FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Wildfires and drought in California and North Carolina are causing a Christmas tree shortage across the nation.
“It’s just out of my control,” Wonderland Tree Farms owner Martin James says.
Martin James from Wonderland Tree Farms in Pea Ridge says his inventory this year has been cut in half.
“I have a grower in North Carolina that I have been working with for years. He delayed his first shipment and now he says he’s not even going to be able to fill the last shipment,” James says.
That makes those pines more pricey.
“It’s like supply and demand. My prices went up a lot because of what my grower is now charging me and I’m sure they are doing that to everyone else. They just went up so much,” James says.
Due to the shortage, some sellers in Northwest Arkansas are looking to find their trees in different parts of the country to keep up with their inventory.
“Nature can be a fierce competitor when you are out there trying to farm,” Matthew Young, owner of Shipley Farms says.
Shipley Farms in Springdale decided to change their supplier.
They now look to Michigan for their shipment.
“Where I went, they were unaffected and was able to fill my order completely. Another retail company was up there buying when I was. They had to switch farms late in the season to where I was buying from because of a drought actually,” Young says.
While it may be a hassle for the seller, the experience for the buyer is always priceless.
“It’s a tradition for us to get Christmas trees right after Thanksgiving to put the last piece of the puzzle for our house,” Lindsay Thorn says.
(Peyton Yager, KNWA)