This year's drought has been one of the worst ever for much of North Carolina. Now even Christmas trees are feeling the impact of the severely dry conditions. Trees take about six years to go from seed to sapling before they are transplanted in the forest. Then it takes approximately six years in the forest to mature. The current dry weather will undoubtedly affect long-term growth and could impact the number of trees ready to go to market several years from now. What that means to consumers is the potential for higher prices.