WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – Christmas trees might be harder to find this year. Not only is the supply chain crisis having an impact, there has been severe weather conditions where most of the Christmas tree farms are located.

Susan Merrill and her daughter came to Mr. Jingle’s Christmas Tree Lot in downtown West Palm Beach to purchase a tree.

“I love Christmas! And I want to be decorated quickly. I’m here to visit my daughter and she needs to get in the spirit,” Merrill said.

This Thanksgiving, there were a lot of people who came to the lot.

“It was a crazy race. I’ve never seen people come so early to buy their Christmas trees, ”said Brandon Helfer, co-owner of Mr. Jingle Christmas Trees.

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, there are approximately 15,000 Christmas tree farms in the United States. Every year, Americans buy about 25 to 30 million real Christmas trees.

Most of the trees in the downtown West Palm Beach lot come from farms in North Carolina. The Tree Lot also sells trees from Oregon, which faced severe weather last year causing a possible shortage.

“For real trees, it’s a combination of extreme weather conditions in the Pacific Northwest and Midwest, especially heat, flooding, fires and smoke from the fires,” said Jami Warner, executive director of the American Christmas Tree Association.

It takes about eight to ten years for farmers to grow a Christmas tree. The most popular are the noble trees that have been impacted.

“Noble trees are a bit more expensive, because obviously with the heat and the fires a lot of trees have gone to waste,” Helfer said. “With the increase in the cost of fuel, shipments have been a bit larger this year. But we managed to get out of it. “

Warner recommends purchasing your tree as soon as possible.

“You will be able to find a Christmas tree, a beautiful tree, any size, shape, color and species you want,” Warner said. “You may have to search a little harder than normal and it will probably cost a little more. “

Susan got lucky and bought a noble tree from Oregon.

“I never dreamed of finding a nobleman, but yes, finding a fresh tree is beautiful and straight out of Oregon is not easy,” Merrill said.