There really was a famous Christmas tree from Podunk

With the help of a trusty chain saw, the evergreen takes center stage.

Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press/AP
A Nova Scotia tree was cut November 17, then sent to Boston.

This article is featured in the Nov. 30 issue of the Magazine.

A white spruce.

85 feet — Height of the 10-ton, 70-year-old Norway spruce from New York’s Long Island, now on display outside Faneuil Hall (until January 4)

85 feet — Height of the Norway spruce, grown in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, that will glow at Rockefeller Center in New York City on Wednesday (until January 7)

43 feet — Height of the 50-year-old white spruce that will be lighted on Boston Common Thursday 6 to 8 p.m. as the city’s official Christmas tree (until January 7); it’s a gift from Nova Scotia to mark our aid offered after a 1917 explosion


37 feet — Height of the Green Monster at Fenway Park

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1 — Number of times a tree from Massachusetts has been displayed at Rockefeller Center since the first one in 1931; that tree came from Podunk (a part of East Brookfield) in 1959

Christmas Trees cut in New England in 2012, the latest year available:

195,833 — Maine

159,091 — Connecticut

134,504 — Vermont


131,876 — New Hampshire

52,188 — Massachusetts

15,962 — Rhode Island

90 — Number of Christmas tree farms in Worcester County, more than any other county in Massachusetts

6 to 8 years — Typical time it takes a tree to grow 6 to 7 feet tall


Did You Know? The side of a tree that faces north usually grows less full.

12,100 trees — Number the City of Boston diverted from the waste stream last Christmas and converted into mulch

West Roxbury, MA., 01/14/13 What happens to Christmas trees in the City of Boston? They are collected and sent to the City of Boston Compost Site in Mattapan. On Montview Street, a tree is hauled away. On right is Jose Gonzalez, on left is Rosagil Figueroa.Section: Metro Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

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- Boston Common Christmas tree hauled in from Nova Scotia

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- More from the Magazine

Sources: USDA; Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs; City of Boston; National Christmas Tree Association; Massachusetts Christmas Tree Association; Rockefeller Center; Red Sox