DOTHAN, Ala.– The National Christmas Tree Association is even telling customers to get their trees early and be ready to pay up to ten percent more.

They say the shortage this year is actually because of the economic recession back in 2008, when the demand was not as high.

The bigger trees weren’t cut down, leaving no room for more trees to be planted, but the shortage doesn’t seem to be affecting us locally.

“I think the growers are keeping up with the demand, I think they’re doing a good job. I think everything is beautiful and everything is growing. We had wonderful rain this year, so everything is good and fresh,” said Heidi Snell Holly Branch Farms.

Now it takes about ten years for a Christmas tree to grow to a height that most people want, which is about seven feet.

That’s why what happened in 2008 is affecting the market now.