If seeing a lot on Christmas Eve with a few lonely trees still standing pulls at your heartstrings, blame fellow buyers, Mr. Thompkins said.
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"Leftover Christmas trees are an unfortunate public relations problem," said Dennis Thompkins, an arborist in Washington state. "They're planted and grown like any crop. You never sell 100 percent, but you hope you reach public demand."