Oregon is the nation’s No. 1 supplier of Christmas trees, and experts say prices for a holiday evergreen will remain higher this year due to a tight supply.
Chad Landgren, with Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, says there are 400 fewer Oregon growers than there were 15 years ago and land once used for Christmas trees is now being used for less labor intensive crops.
Many tree farms went out of business about a decade ago.
On average, consumers paid $78 for a tree in 2018, up $3 from 2017.
Mexico is the top international importer of Oregon trees.