The holiday tradition of a real Christmas tree may be more expensive this year

Staff photo by Tim Barber/ John Weaver, back right, owner of Weaver Tree Farms, watches as Kendal Henry, 4, touches the limbs of a Christmas tree Monday on Signal Mountain Road. Henry brought her carved wood reindeer along for the tree selection.

A fresh evergreen tree may mean parting with some extra green this year as a tight supply of Christmas trees is pushing up prices in some areas.

But John Weaver, who grows Fraser fir, Blue Spruce and White Pine trees on his family's farm in West Jefferson, North Carolina, said he is trying to hold the line of his tree prices at his Chattanooga retail outlet this year, even as he and other holiday retailers grapple with the shortest season possible between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Weaver wholesales many of the 20,000 trees he harvests each year, but he also sells trees at the Signal Mountain Boulevard roadside tent he has set up each fall for the past 33 years. He starts selling Halloween pumpkins in September and begins selling Christmas trees during the week before Thanksgiving.

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