Nothing says the holidays quite like a decorated Christmas tree, but how much would you be willing to pay for the perfect pine?
There are multiple types of trees to consider as well as height preference that all determine a tree’s cost, and those prices can vary all over Southwest Florida.
“You have a lot of people coming from different states, so they like certain trees,” said Kristie Huntley with Christmas Trees R Us in Cape Coral.
WINK News wanted to know how prices compare between one of the most popular Christmas trees on the market, the six-foot Fraser fir, across Southwest Florida.
Amanda Schoedel of Fort Myers is one of many who prefer the Fraser.
“They’re a little bit more expensive but they’re nicer, they have a good smell,” she said.
Prices ranged from around $50 to almost $100 per tree, but why is there such a big range? Store owners say there is a lot that goes into working out the right price.
“Many things enter into that, there is freight, coming from each place differs, and the quality of the tree, and the size of the tree, and the age of the tree makes a difference,” said Robert Heath with Heath Christmas Trees in Fort Myers.
Sellers might also include other services they provide like loading the tree into your car. And while box stores might be cheaper, Heath says you could be sacrificing quality with that option.
But prices aside, most people say it’s not easy finding the perfect holiday centerpiece.
“We disagree about bare spots, I always figure you can put it to the back corner or fill it with an ornament but someone else wants it full all-around,” Phil Krieg said.
But some say that since it’s a once-a-year thing, they’ll pay what it takes for quality.
The cheapest price WINK News found was at Home Depot where you can get a six-foot Fraser fir for $50.
The most expensive we found was in Fort Myers for $99.
If you are looking to save, and willing to wait, the National Christmas Tree Association says that to get the best deal on a tree, you should buy the week before Christmas.
Below is an interactive map to compare prices so you can find the perfect tree for your home:
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