What is causing the national Christmas Tree shortage?

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - The U.S. is suffering from a Christmas Tree shortage that is the worst in years. There are many reasons as to why this is possible.

Many cite the recession in 2008 and 2010, as it is an 8 plus year cycle to be able to turn everything around.

The supply has been getting smaller, because less suppliers are growing the proper amount of Christmas trees. The shortage is more evident than ever because there has been a higher demand for fresh-cut trees as opposed to artificial trees.

Tree sellers think that maybe a full demand of fresh-cut trees will start to force suppliers to grow more trees, and then the shortage will end sooner rather than later.

"Long term would be everybody starts being a little more traditional and buying a fresh-cut tree," said dave Fleming, General Manager of Greenleaf Landscapes. "That gives a little more stability for the growers instead of speculating, 'Is the market leaning more towards artificial? Or are we going more towards traditional cut trees?'"

Shoppers still have two more weeks to get their Christmas trees, and there are locations that are still stocked with them.