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Pine trees sell like hot cakes as Christmas nears in Ho Chi Minh City

Monday, December 21, 2020, 18:41 GMT+7
Pine trees sell like hot cakes as Christmas nears in Ho Chi Minh City
A woman decorates a fresh pine tree imported from the United States at a shop in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

Pine trees of all types are being snapped up at many shops in Ho Chi Minh City as local residents are finishing their preparations for Christmas celebration.

Many shoppers are willing to spend big on fresh pine trees imported from the United States this holiday season.

Such a tree, about 1.2 meters to seven meters tall, costs about VND4-50 million (US$172-2,100).

Most customers were required to make their payment in advance so that local shops could confirm the number of orders before importing the products.

As Christmas is just a few days to go, these imported pine trees may be difficult to buy as it takes quite a long time for them to be transported from the U.S. to Vietnam.

A Christmas laurel wreath made from fresh pine tree branches and ornaments is decorated at a store in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

A Christmas laurel wreath made from fresh pine tree branches and ornaments is decorated at a store in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, pine tree sales at our shop have increased compared to last year,” said Hanh Mi, owner of Liti Florist flower shop in District 3.

Liti Florist has sold about 200 fresh pine trees this year, Mi added.

At other shops, Christmas trees made from fresh pine boughs or tree barks are offered at VND2.5-10 million ($108-432).

A flower box made from pine boughs and ornaments in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

A flower box made from pine boughs and ornaments in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

Customers can also purchase fresh pine tree branches for their Christmas embellishments.

Many shops have also crafted flower boxes, laurel wreaths, candle holders, and flower strips from fresh pine boughs, leaves, dried flowers and fruits, and other ornaments.

These products sell for VND1.5-3 million ($64-129) each.

Christmas ornaments can easily be found at souvenir stores in the southern metropolis, selling from VND3,000 ($0.13) apiece.

Fresh pine branches are sold at a shop in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

Fresh pine branches are sold at a shop in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

A candle holder made from pine boughs, pine fruits, and dried oranges, and ornaments in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

A candle holder made from pine boughs, pine fruits, and dried oranges, and ornaments in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

People browse for cypress trees at a store in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

People browse for cypress trees at a store in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

A small pine tree is created from fresh pine tree branches at a shop in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

A small pine tree is created from fresh pine tree branches at a shop in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

A pine tree made from barks is offered at VND5 million ($215) in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

A pine tree made from barks is offered at VND5 million ($215) in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

Residents shop for Christmas ornaments in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

Residents shop for Christmas ornaments in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

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