By Chelsea Meyer
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Expect to pay more for Christmas trees this holiday season.

Experts said tree buyers should expect to pay between 10% and 30% more for both live trees and artificial trees, according to Fox Business. Several factors are driving the trend, including over-the-top sales last year during the first Christmas during the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain issues this year.

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On top of the higher prices, consumers will also have a smaller selection to choose from. Several factors are at work. Farmers struggling after the economic recession in 2009 planted fewer trees for several years, and demand has been rising in the last several years. It takes eight to 10 years for a tree to reach maturity.

Shipments of artificial trees have been delayed this year due to supply chain issues including a shortage of truck drivers to make deliveries.

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