If you're in the market for a fresh cut Christmas tree, it doesn't get any fresher than grown in the East.
Throughout the farm.thousands of trees can be found.from Fraser Firs to Canaan Firs and Douglas Firs.there's one of every shape and size.
The first thing you need to consider is ceiling height, says David Mitchell, Christmas tree expert and buying manager for horticulture at Wyevale Garden Centres.
You can view the trees on display from now until November 25th from 9 am to 5 pm, excluding Thanksgiving day.
According to the 2012 United States Department of Agriculture census, North Carolina is the second largest producer of Christmas trees in the USA, harvesting over 4 million or almost 25% of the total trees harvested in the U.S.
At the market, Northlanders can pick out the flawless tree for their home with sizes ranging from eight feet high to a "Charlie Brown". "There's nothing like smelling a real tree in the house".
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It is expected that there will be huge pressure for retailers to secure their supplies early, with Christmas Tree Associations actively encouraging customers to perform their due diligence well in advance and get the results of their species, size, price, and quality comparisons early.
It's because there's going to be a shortage due to farmers not having a good harvest. "We do have confidence people will be able to find a real tree, but they should shop early".
The South Carolina Christmas Tree Association lists about 40 farms in the state.
Tom Nieman has a Christmas tree farm here in Lexington. The final day depends on how many trees are left to be picked, but a good rule of thumb would be before December 20.
This all means you'll likely pay more for a tree this year especially at big box stores. A second tree that goes in Eagle Square - lopped off the top of a spruce in front of the former Department of Employment Security building Friday morning - will go up Monday, he said.
A report from the GWD Forestry predicts the shortage could last until 2025, citing droughts and wildfires in major growing states as an additional factor.