Fresh-cut Christmas trees selling for as much as $6,500 in Manhattan amid shortage

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December 08, 2019 - 6:07 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – When it comes to getting a nice, big Christmas tree this year, you may have to dip into your savings.

Back in the 2008 recession, farmers started planting fewer new trees, especially the beloved Fraser fir, according to the National Christmas Tree Association.

Now prices have gone up… and up.

SoHo Trees in Manhattan is now charging $6,500 for a 20-foot Fraser fir. That’s a whopping $325 a foot, the New York Post reports.

At other lots across the city, Fraser firs are also selling for thousands of dollars.

1010 WINS spoke with Scott Lechner, the manager of SoHo Trees’ flagship location on Varick Street. He insists the tree are worth the price because local tree dealers get their trees fresher than the big stores.

“If an apple has a seven-day life, after about seven or eight days in the refrigerator, you might not want to eat it anymore,” Lechner said. “Well, a Christmas tree has about a month of a life. So you don’t want it to be cut so much earlier in the season. The later it’s cut, the fresher and more lush it is.”

Lechner told the Post that his customers don't mind and that he is even sold out of the firs. Some of the massive trees go to penthouse apartments or the lobbies of buildings.

If you want a smaller Fraser fir tree, you can find those for about $300—up from $100 last year.

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