HOUSTON (FOX 26) - In between Christmas shopping, a lot of families are decorating their trees for the holiday and some may find the experience a little more expensive.
The National Christmas Tree Association expects this year's average price to increase beyond $75 a tree.
The great recession, 10 years ago, put a lot of strain on traditional tree farmers in the major growing-states like Oregon and North Carolina.
When some farmers couldn't afford to replant, popular varieties like the Frasier Fir and Blue Spruce have been left in limited supply after their 10-year growing cycle.
That hasn't been much of a problem for Texas tree growers, like Dewberry Farm in Brookshire.
They have three varieties of cypress pine, which grows well, here.
Priced at $18 a foot, these are not bargain-trees, but there is plenty of supply.
With about 5,000 trees ready to take home, and another 12,000 in various stages of growth, the farm is primed for several seasons.
The industry estimates about a quarter of last year's 27.4 million Christmas trees came from self-cut farms.
"They want that experience of cutting a tree and taking it home and decorating it," says Dewberry's Mary Emerson.
It may be an option for more to consider. The tree industry expects the Christmas tree shortage to continue for, at least, a few more years.