Last year, drought killed the grown-in-Texas Christmas tree business. This year brought more rain, but as NPR's StateImpact Texas reports, the remaining evergreens are pretty scrawny, and many buyers are looking elsewhere.
Drought takes no prisoners, and Christmas trees are no exception. The 2011 drought decimated Texas wildlife, and not even resilient evergreens could take the heat. This left Christmas tree farmers in Texas with little or no trees to sell during the holidays.