Your money: Christmas tree prices expected to rise
We haven't even gotten to Halloween yet, but Americans should plan to pay more for pre-cut Christmas trees this year. Shortages are deepening from the country's two top producers, Oregon and North Carolina. Back in the early 2000s, growers planted too many trees, were left with an oversupply around the time of the great recession, and low prices forced many farmers out of the Christmas tree business. Growing a tree can take nine years before its ready to be cut and sold.