Cost of “real” Christmas trees in WNY up slightly


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A holiday tradition is getting a little pricey—but not by much. When you go to pick out your Christmas tree—whether you are chopping it yourself, or it is pre-cut–make sure you bring enough money.

While enjoying the unseasonably mild weather, you might not have noticed, the real Christmas trees are out, and if you are looking for a big one, you might have to shell out a little more this year.

But the Christmas tree retailers are dealing, and the fir, Scotch pine, and blue spruce are standing tall at lots such as Elbers Landscaping on Main Street in Buffalo, hoping to bring happiness to someone’s home for the holidays.

The perennial favorite, said Elbers’ owner Jim Hornung, is the Fraser fir, “Some love the blue spruce, some love the Douglas fir, some love Scotch pine, the white pine. It all depends on what your family is used to having, and they stick to that.))

Hornung said they have a plentiful supply of trees for the season, prices are about the same as last year, and the weather has been a bonus for tree shopping—and for extending projects they usually wrap up in the fall.

“We are still landscaping, we are still prepping for snowplowing. It has been a strange year, but we are not arguing with that. November is a good time to get things done, and we are happy to do that.”

If you plan to buy your Christmas tree soon, Ed Spoth at Spoth’s Farm Market in Clarence said it is critical that you get it into water, and water it thoroughly.

“Just make sure you keep that tree nice and watered, keep the water level above the bottom of the trunk, and that will allow it to stay fresh throughout the season.”

But if you have your heart set on a Douglas fir, Spoth said, they are not quite as plentiful as in years past, due to a late spring frost.

“We had a beautiful spring, and then we had some cold weather right about Memorial Day, and the frost–at that time of year–killed all the new growth on the trees.”

The sellers say, most of the Christmas trees sold in the Buffalo area are grown in New York, and even though it is a lot easier to put up an artificial tree, then store it until next Christmas, the demand for real trees is just as strong as ever.

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