Christmas tree supplies are tight, and climate change is to blame

Nov 23, 2021
Expect trees to cost 5% to 10% more than they did last year.
A Christmas tree is loaded into a truck on Nov. 21. Christmas trees quantities are lower this year as a result of extreme heat and cutbacks in planting during the Great Recession.
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Spruce top thieves illegally cutting a northwoods cash crop

Dec 23, 2020
So far this season conservation officers have seized well over 15,000 spruce tops illegally harvested in Minnesota.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Shane Zavodnik examines an illegally cut spruce tree while standing in a frozen swamp on Nov. 23, 2020, on private property near Eveleth, Minnesota.
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What's greener: a real Christmas tree or a fake one?

Dec 24, 2019
It depends! The Christmas tree a potent symbol not just for the season but for the sustainability of many things we buy.
It's not easy being green.
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The upside-down Christmas tree. What's it all about?

Nov 29, 2019
These trees may be some of the stranger things you'll see this holiday season.
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In your hunt for holiday deals, don’t forget the Christmas tree

Dec 18, 2018
Christmas trees are in short supply, but deals are still doable.
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Growing poinsettias is a tough business

Dec 28, 2015
Also, you may be pronouncing it wrong.

Genesee Brewing Co's awesome keg Christmas tree

Dec 9, 2015
A brewing company in Rochester, New York spreads christmas cheer with keg tree

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How to close a deal on a Christmas tree

Dec 24, 2014
Christmas tree salesman Ernest Parker explains the business of holiday cheer.

Some of Santa's elves are also lumberjacks

Dec 24, 2014
One entrepreneur in Minnesota is hand delivering trees, dressed as an elf.

Secrets of the Christmas tree lot

Dec 17, 2014
The Vermont family selling that Christmas tree in Brooklyn? They didn't grow it. A big tree farm did.