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Christmas tree shortage affecting South Florida

Posted at 5:55 PM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-29 05:30:23-05

Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the books. Now it's time for home holiday preparations.

If you're in the market for a Christmas tree, do not wait. The National Christmas Tree Association says there is a shortage due to a lack of planting many years ago.

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At Happy Holiday Christmas Trees, Sam Pearlstein has a good selection. However, he is concerned about a tree shortage at his farms in North Carolina.

"No trees to make 8-7 foot," said Pearlstein.

He says the shortage stems from a lack of planting nearly ten years ago.

For now, he doesn't expect to increase prices. "Hopefully next year I don't have to increase them," said Pearlstein.

In Boynton Beach, Bob Pilon is dealing with a similar issue. "Shipping has gone up, it's just something with the trees," said Pilon.

Both say it's best to buy your tree before December 15th.