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Price of Christmas trees up this year due to nationwide shortage

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America is dealing with a Christmas tree shortage. Now, rising prices has some tree salesmen and tree farm owners concerned it could put them out of business.

"A month ago I found out I had no trees when I called my farmers. They said we don't have no trees for you,” Pete Elliot said.

Elliot owns Tree Land Christmas Trees in Denver, Colorado. The nationwide shortage has him frantically looking for trees.

"I've done this since I was a little kid. It's a family business. I've never not had trees going into my season,” Elliot said.

It's the same story for Justin Sanchez.

"Yeah, there's a pretty big shortage of trees this year,” he said.

Sanchez is cutting back on the number of lots he has.

"We couldn't get enough trees this year to cover our other two lots,” he said.

The problem started back in 2008, when the market burst. Farmers had plenty. There were too many trees, but they weren't making enough money.

"They couldn't get rid of their trees, they couldn't sell them so they came in and just plowed and just burn mountainsides of them,” Elliot said.

It takes 10 years to grow a tree, and now there just aren't enough to go around.

Elliott finally found some trees but it hit him where it hurt.

"She sent me their prices, I was flabbergasted. Woah, I might have to get out of this business. I just might have to end a tradition,” he said.

A tradition his father started more than 50 years ago, that he hopes will help customers coming back.

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