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A shortage of Christmas trees is not something many of us want to hear.

"We all come and pick the favorite tree, and then try to get dad to choose the one they chose". "We're thankful for that", said Willie Cooper, who is selling trees with the Boys and Girls Club.

Some people don't like the fuss and mess of a live tree, while others have allergies that preclude them from having a real evergreen.

Erway says this year is turning out to be among the best in years for many local tree farms, thanks mostly to the recent wet summer and fall, and lots of warmth.

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"Wholesale prices from the Pacific Northwest have gone up 50 percent", Coan said. Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm is in Heiskell, owned by Leo Collins.

She said it takes about 10 years to grow an average size tree.

It's a classic example of supply and demand, National Christmas Tree Association spokesman Doug Hundley said.

He says the up and coming family business is doing well, but they're dealing with a new problem. That tree crop is now on sale this year. Schmitt says he knew there was going to be a shortage this year and that is why he ordered early.

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That's the signature tree of North Carolina, one of the nation's Christmas tree industry powerhouses, said Jennifer Greene, North Carolina Christmas Tree Association executive director.

"Prices are definitely up", Zellner said. We don't have to sell them on the idea of getting a tree.

He recommends shoppers looking for trees at big box stores go before mid-December, because those stores buy from wholesalers. Macy tried to purchase Grand firs from OR, but the farmer had to cancel the sale because a heat wave "fried the trees", Macy said.

It's important is to make a fresh cut on the bottom of the tree. It helps the tree stay fresh and drink more.

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"We've always had one", she said with a shrug.

Trees are most expensive at an average of $66 on Black Friday as people get into the holiday mood.

"This is what we do", Patterson said.

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