Viewfinder: A Christmas Tree Shortage Drives Up PricesAuthor:Pacific Standard StaffPublish date:Nov 30, 2018Updated onNov 29, 2018Workers help prepare a Christmas tree for sale at a Holiday Sale Christmas Tree lot on November 29th, 2018, in Miami, Florida. Reports indicate that the United States is suffering from a Christmas tree shortage nationwide, which is causing prices of trees to go up. The Miami Herald reported that the economic crash of 2008 led to fewer trees being planted, which is affecting this year's harvest because the trees take about 10 years to mature. Wildfires and hurricanes have also contributed to the shortage.(Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Viewfinder is Pacific Standard's daily photo feature, showcasing one image from the news.