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US National Christmas Tree 2010
The 2010 National Christmas Tree, located on the north end of the Ellipse, just south of the White House.
US National Christmas Tree - looking W - 2012
The 2012 National Christmas Tree on November 2, 2012, six days after it was planted.

Sources of the National Christmas Tree in the United States have varied over time. The first National Christmas Tree was erected and lit by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923. As of 2011, the tradition has continued uninterrupted. The trees have come from a wide variety of sources, were placed or planted in different places on the grounds of the President's Park or the White House, have varied in height, and have sometimes been a cut tree and sometimes a living planted tree.

Cut evergreen trees were used in 1923 and from 1954 to 1972. Living trees were used from 1924 to 1953, and again from 1973 to the present (2011). In the list below, the height of the cut tree is the height of the tree when raised at the White House. The height of the living tree is the height when it was first planted. Several states and territories of the United States have provided these trees.

The trees have been placed in a wide variety of locations. These include The Ellipse (the portion of President's Park just south of the White House, across E Street NW), Sherman Plaza (the patio, garden, and public square just south of the Treasury Building and its adjacent Alexander Hamilton Place), Lafayette Park (the square north of the White House, across Pennsylvania Avenue NW), and the South Lawn of the White House.

Types, sources, heights, and locations of the National Christmas Trees

Year Cut or living Type of tree Source Height Location References
1923 Cut Balsam fir Vermont 48 feet (15 m) Middle of the Ellipse
1924-1928 Living Norway spruce New York 35 feet (11 m) West side of Sherman Plaza
1929-1930 Living Norway spruce New York 35 feet (11 m) West side of Sherman Plaza
1931-1933 Living Blue spruce Washington, D.C. 25 feet (7.6 m) West side of Sherman Plaza
1934-1938 Living Fraser fir
(two trees)
North Carolina 23 feet (7.0 m) Middle of Lafayette Square
1939 Living
(transplanted after use)
Red cedar Virginia 36 feet (11 m) North side of the Ellipse
1940 Living
(transplanted after use)
Red cedar Virginia 34 feet (10 m) North side of the Ellipse
1941-1953 Living Oriental spruce
(two trees)
Washington, D.C. 35 feet (11 m) South side of the White House South Lawn
1954 Cut Balsam fir Michigan 67 feet (20 m) North side of the Ellipse
1955 Cut White spruce South Dakota 67 feet (20 m) North side of the Ellipse
1956 Cut Engelmann spruce New Mexico 67 feet 3 inches (20.50 m) North side of the Ellipse
1957 Cut White spruce Minnesota 60 feet (18 m) North side of the Ellipse
1958 Cut Engelmann spruce Montana 75 feet (23 m) North side of the Ellipse
1959 Cut White spruce Maine 72 feet (22 m) North side of the Ellipse
1960 Cut Douglas fir Oregon 75 feet (23 m) North side of the Ellipse
1961 Cut Douglas fir Washington 75 feet (23 m) North side of the Ellipse
1962 Cut Blue spruce Colorado 72 feet (22 m) North side of the Ellipse
1963 Cut Red spruce West Virginia 71 feet (22 m) North side of the Ellipse
1964 Cut White spruce New York 72 feet (22 m) North side of the Ellipse
1965 Cut Blue spruce Arizona 85 feet (26 m) North side of the Ellipse
1966 Cut Red fir California 65 feet (20 m) North side of the Ellipse
1967 Cut Balsam fir Vermont 70 feet (21 m) North side of the Ellipse
1968 Cut Engelmann spruce Utah 74 feet (23 m) North side of the Ellipse
1969 Cut Norway spruce New York 65 feet (20 m) North side of the Ellipse
1970 Cut White spruce South Dakota 78 feet (24 m) North side of the Ellipse
1971 Cut Douglas fir North Carolina 65 feet (20 m) North side of the Ellipse
1972 Cut Engelmann spruce Wyoming 70 feet (21 m) North side of the Ellipse
1973-1976 Living Blue spruce Colorado 42 feet (13 m) North side of the Ellipse
1977 Living Blue spruce Maryland 34 feet (10 m) North side of the Ellipse
1978-2010 Living Blue spruce New York 30 feet (9.1 m) North side of the Ellipse
2011-2012 Living Blue spruce New Jersey 26.5 feet (8.1 m) North side of the Ellipse
2012–2019 Living Blue spruce Virginia 28 feet (8.5 m) North side of the Ellipse
2019–present Living Blue spruce Pennsylvania 30 feet (9.1 m) North side of the Ellipse
  • Crump, William D. The Christmas Encyclopedia. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2006.
  • Federer, William J. There Really Is A Santa Claus: The History of Saint Nicholas & Christmas Holiday Traditions. St. Louis, Mo.: Ameriserch, 2002.
  • Menendez, Albert J. Christmas in the White House. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 1983.
  • Park Cultural Landscapes Program. National Park Service Cultural Landscapes Inventory: President's Park South, President's Park. National Park Service. U.S. Department of the Interior. 2010.
  • Seeley, Mary Evans. Season's Greetings From the White House. Tampa, Fla.: A Presidential Christmas, 1998.
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