Local Christmas tree lot won’t be affected by possible shortages


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thanksgiving has come and gone. Now, it’s time to start thinking about buying your Christmas tree.

Barr Evergreens in Wilmington has plenty of trees to choose from.

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“We go anywhere from two foot to eighteen foot. We have Fraser Fir, White Pine, Nordmann, Concolor. We also have live trees that’s in burlap that you can plant after the season,” said retail lot manager Brad Jordan.

North Carolina Fraser Firs are the most popular Christmas tree in North America, according to the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association, but there may be a shortage of them this year.

The recession of the late 2000s caused demand for real trees to drop and nurseries stopped producing seedlings.

Now nine to twelve foot, or medium-sized, trees are in short supply, but the owner of Barr Evergreens thought ahead.

“We have supplied all of our wholesale customers and Rusty Barr, that owns the company, he made sure to plant more than he needed 10 years back and now he’s doing OK, and he’s supplied everybody with everything they need plus his own retail lot,” said Jordan.

Some may think buying and taking care of a real Christmas tree is too much of a hassle, but Jordan says he thinks it’s the right move.

“Important to stay local, in my opinion, to try to support small company and just have that real smell and support your community,” said Jordan.

Barr Evergreens’ Wilmington retail lot has been extremely busy this season, but Jordan does not anticipate his supply running out.

The lot will get six hundred trees per week through Christmas from the farm in northwestern North Carolina.