Local sellers running short on Christmas trees

Christmas presents won’t be the only thing seeing a shortage this year as supply chains are disrupted.

Christmas tree farms are taking a heavy hit due to sky-high shipping prices. As farms stick to growing their own trees, those along the Gulf Coast are struggling in the wake of Hurricane Zeta damaging tree trunks.

Many of these Christmas trees take three years or more to reach their proper sizes. Tree sellers are encouraging shoppers to get their Christmas tree early just in case or they may end up with an artificial tree this year.

Larry Haley at Holly Berry Hills in Saucier tells News 25 that his shortage may continue through next year. “We can’t get the trees from up north that we used to get. The Fraser fir is one of the most popular trees down here and they’re having a shortage of shipping them down here. And the cost of shipping is so high now so we opted out. As far as my farm goes, we won’t handle any of the north trees anymore – we’ll handle only trees we grow on the farm.”

Pre-tag day at Holly Berry Hills in Saucier begins at 9 a.m. Saturday.

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