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Real Christmas trees in short supply


Organised fans of real Christmas trees have got in early this year, creating supply issues for last-minute buyers.

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Organised fans of real Christmas trees have got in early this year, creating supply issues for last-minute buyers.

Last-minute shoppers who dallied buying their real Christmas tree this year may have left it too late – many retailers have sold out.

Zach Walker, from Zach’s Christmas Trees in Royal Oak, Auckland, said he sold out before last weekend.

He put it down to Aucklanders getting in quick in early December because they wanted “something to look forward to straight away in December after having been locked up”.

It’s not only Aucklanders missing out; supply is short or exhausted for some retailers in the other main centres too.

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Walker said he’d been referring disappointed would-be customers to another Auckland supplier who has also since sold out. Now, he was advising people to call around to check.

Some will need to make do with an artificial Christmas tree this year because of real tree supply issues.

Some will need to make do with an artificial Christmas tree this year because of real tree supply issues.

Aucklander Jo McCarroll and her partner went to the usual place they buy a tree to find a sign on the gate saying “no more trees – none coming”.

They drove around a couple of other Christmas tree sellers to find they were also all out, before eventually heading to Auckland’s iconic Misa Christmas Tree Farm where McCarroll managed to find a “smallish” tree for $60.

Demand was high as soon as trees became available in late November, Walker said. He did feel sympathy for those who left it late, saying they had probably been catching up on other social activities and jobs they hadn’t been able to do in lockdown, leaving the tree until last.

Nearly all Christmas trees grown in New Zealand are pinus radiata.

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Nearly all Christmas trees grown in New Zealand are pinus radiata.

Those prepared to drive south could visit Mount Gabriel Christmas Tree Farms in Māngere Bridge and Drury, which both do still have trees. Salesman Tim Ellis suggested this was “by virtue of the fact we grow them here ourselves”.

He said 99 per cent of people cut their own trees at Mount Gabriel’s farms, making an occasion of the purchase. The trees cost $20 to $40 for a tree up to 8 foot (2.4m), and the business offers free recycling.

Ellis had noticed higher than usual demand which he guessed was due to more Aucklanders staying in town for Christmas this year.

Real Christmas trees are always popular, but perhaps slightly more so this year.

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Real Christmas trees are always popular, but perhaps slightly more so this year.

Christmas decorators bought up early elsewhere too, leaving slim pickings for the stragglers.

In Christchurch, Xmas Trees Direct, Christchurch Christmas Trees and Needle Fresh Christmas Trees have all “temporarily closed” with messages on their websites indicating they have sold out, as has Brynlea Christmas Trees in Lincoln.

And Wellingtonians are not faring much better.

Mitch Campbell, part-owner of Fresh ‘N’ Bushy Christmas Trees, which has seven Wellington sites plus one in Kāpiti, said all apart from Kāpiti were sold out before last weekend.

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Kāpiti now had only a few left.

He said it was unusual to sell out so early, and he put it down to people wanting to put their trees up earlier for a bit of Christmas cheer, as well as more people staying home – and so decorating – because of Covid-19.

“It’s good because we sold out, but not so good because we like to make sure everyone gets their trees.

“People are definitely a bit disappointed.”

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