Lot of local Christmas trees affected by tree shortage

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG / WECP) – Numerous Christmas trees can be seen on the grounds of Ronnie’s Auto Repair, that’s right now. The lot only has around 150 trees this year, compared to more than 300 in previous years.

“It was very difficult to get trees this year,” said owner Ronald Owens. “We only settle for top quality trees, which makes it even more difficult. They are everything we call number one trees. Growers just don’t have that many trees.

But what is causing this shortage of trees?

“What really happened was 10 or 12 years ago, when the economy was really bad and producers ended up with a lot of trees and no one to buy them, so they stopped planting.” , Owens said.

When the demand for trees picked up, there was a vacuum because of the time it takes for a tree to grow.

“When it takes 8 years for an 8-foot tree, that’s a long time,” Owens said.

Ronnie’s Tree Lot always donates profits to local churches.

“We’ve always been a non-profit and we’re doing it for local churches this year, we’ve cut back to St. Bernadette Catholic Church just because of the number of trees we have,” Owens said. “It would be little potatoes for four different churches. We do it totally for this charity.

The lot will sell trees every day from 1 p.m. until they are all gone. Ronnie’s is located at 7724 Panama City Beach Parkway.

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