Updated News – A Christmas tree shortage stemming from the economic recession a decade ago may drive up the cost of trees this holiday season, industry observers said.

Declining sales in Christmas trees in 2007 led farmers to plant fewer trees, according to Doug Hundley, a spokesperson for the National Christmas Tree Association.

A 7- or 8-foot Christmas tree can take nearly 10 years to grow, so there are fewer mature trees this holiday season.

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