Tens of millions of Oregon Christmas trees are sold around the country every year. Small lots like Pico pines in Ashland will sell 800-900 any given year.
But the company, which has been selling trees for about 35 years, says they’re having a hard time keeping up with big lots offering cheaper to produce trees.
“They’re a little more open, not as dense, but they make a good living at what they do,” said Pico Pines owner Bill Lambert. “It’s just competition. You can’t really cry about it, just do what we do and hope for the best.”
Lambert says most douglas fir Christmas trees take 5-6 years to grow healthy. Some larger lots can grow them in 4 years and sell them for a third the price.
He says hopes to stick around for another three years at least.