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Extreme weather, supply bottlenecks impact Christmas tree availability

Extreme weather in the Pacific Northwest and supply chain bottlenecks everywhere have left Christmas tree lots across the country scrambling this holiday season.

Cronkite News Digest reports most U.S. lots get their Douglas and Noble firs – among the most popular Christmas trees – from the Northwest, and many Arizona lots get theirs specifically from Oregon, where persistent drought, rising temperatures and wildfires last summer have resulted in fewer trees.

The shortages mean higher prices, but local tree retailers said they are determined to have enough stock for everyone to put some holiday green in their home.