How expensive are this year’s Christmas trees?

Europeans may have to pay more for their Christmas trees this season.

Fir growers in Denmark, Europe’s leading exporter of Christmas trees, today warned of a supply shortage that could drive up prices before the holiday season. “We see a 10-15% price increase,” said Kaj Oestergaard, manager of the Danish Christmas Tree Growers’ Association.

The popular Nordmann Fir will cost approximately 130-140 kroner (17.44 to 18.78euro) per metre, he said. Denmark exported about 85% of the nine million Christmas trees felled last year in the Scandinavian country.

Britain, Germany and France top the list of countries importing Danish trees. However, Denmark’s production has been declining since 2004, when many growers went out of business because of falling prices, Oestergaard said.