No Christmas Tree Shortage In Minnesota

No Christmas Tree Shortage In Minnesota Click to Enlarge Photo: Holly Judd

(NBC) - Minnesota is escaping the national Christmas tree shortage.

A recent "New York Times" story says that shortage and higher prices are a result of the 2008 recession during which fewer trees were cut down and sold, leaving less room for seedlings that would be fully mature this year.

Drought and wildfires have also taken a toll.

In Minnesota, the growing season has been almost ideal the last three years, keeping supplies up for loyal customers.

One tree farmer said that he's had one of the best crops ever.

Tree prices have climbed to keep up with labor costs and inflation.

A six to eight foot tree in Minnesota goes for between 45 and 90 dollars depending on the type.

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