A national Christmas tree shortage impacts the Valley

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As thousands of families prepare to pile into the auto this weekend and head out to pick the ideal Christmas tree, they better brace themselves for sticker shock.

Sustainable forestry company GWD Forestry reports the US will face a major Christmas tree shortage until the year 2025. "We source some trees, we bring in some pre-cuts", says John Foder of Foder Farms.

That shortage means finding a tree may be harder, and buying it may be more expensive.

If you're planning on getting a Christmas tree this year, you better act fast.

North Carolina trees nabbed a higher wholesale price this year.

ABC News reports a shortage of Christmas trees, after fewer were planted in the year 2007 during the great recession.

Eight-year-old Violette Stockton says she looks forward to this day all year long.

It's a classic example of supply and demand, National Christmas Tree Association spokesman Doug Hundley said. So farmers must put in hours of work shearing the trees every year, holding back their vertical growth so they get thick and sturdy.

Thanks to hundreds of thousands of tree sales, Square was able to analyze last year's numbers to distill American tree-buying habits. "So you have to manicure the tree as it goes". Macy tried to purchase Grand firs from OR, but the farmer had to cancel the sale because a heat wave "fried the trees", Macy said.

As the number of trees making the cut each year shrinks, customers should expect to see a difference on price tags too.

He's been growing and selling them for 34 years.

Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm is open Thursday through Sunday from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m.

Because of the dwindling supply, prices have increased. Trunk side up trees are more American than trunk side down trees!