2. How Tall is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree?
This year, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is 79 feet tall and 46 feet in diameter, weighing about 12 tons. This makes it slightly larger than the 2018 tree, but it’s not the largest tree in history. That honor happened in 1999, with a tree from Killingworth, Connecticut that was 100 feet tall. The tree this year is a Norway Spruce and comes from Elkton, Maryland — the first tree to ever hail from Maryland. It was donated by the Price family.
Head gardener at Rockefeller Center Erik Pauze spotted the tree while out scouting for plants and trees for Radio Park, a new garden on top of Rockefeller Center. “I decided to take a ride and look around the area to see if I could find a tree for Rockefeller Center. I got lucky: I came around the top of a small hill and I saw this stunning tree just over someone’s garage, so I knocked on their door,” he told the Center Magazine. Pauze is constantly on the lookout for “a nice full tree. Something that’s going to look great in front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.”