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Supply shortage wilts Christmas tree lots

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Bob Self
Forida Times-Union
A sign outside Mandarin United Methodist Church tells passing motorists that its traditional fundraising Christmas tree sales are not happening this year because of a supply shortage.

The sign in front of Mandarin United Methodist Church, where congregation volunteers have sold Christmas trees for years in Jacksonville, says it all — "2021 tree shortage see you Christmas 2022."

It means the San Jose Boulevard church won't be able to do its annual sales again until next holiday season. Officials said their broker was unable to fill its small tree order for this Christmas.

The Assumption Catholic Church Men’s Club tree lot at 2403 Atlantic Blvd. had a very busy first weekend after Thanksgiving. But with 221 trees delivered last week from a Sparta, N.C. farm, instead of the 270 he normally gets each year, tree sales director Rich Holtz said his last one sold Wednesday night.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.