This year’s festive trees will be coming in the classic blue, green, white and red varieties, as the average price is expected to hover around $35, according to Mary Hayter, spokesperson for the Christmas tree wholesaler Stratford USA. She tells the Wall Street Journal that consumers shouldn’t worry about their tree lights being more expensive, though: prices for lanterns are also expected to hold steady at $10. She says the prices will depend on the size of the tree, the size of the garage, and even the condition of the landscaping. The company is also hoping to set a record with its custom pick-your-own tree experience, with last year’s volunteer tree-laying ceremonies raking in just over $84,000.
Trees set to hit retail shelves over the next few weeks include Fraser firs from Norway, Noble firs from Canada, Douglas firs from North Carolina, Eastern reds from Georgia, Canaan firs from Maine, and a Connecticut state variety — all with A grade when it comes to the Christmas tree rating system. The most expensive tree to be sold in the U.S. is expected to be a traditional Canaan fir, but the most expensive tree to buy isn’t exactly an ornaments you’ll want to hang on your tree this year: imagine the cost of buying a Norwegian spruce for a Manhattan Christmas tree!
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