Nevada’s State Christmas Tree Is Way, Way Bigger Than Yours
By Sara Pepitone and Christopher Cannon | December 18, 2014
President Calvin Coolidge held the first national Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in 1923. This year’s “national” tree—found in front of the White House—is 29 feet tall. Across the mall, the 2014 Capitol Christmas tree is 88 feet tall. That disparity got us thinking about trees across the nation. We reached out to states to see how holiday cheer stacks up nationwide.
Balsam Fir
Fraser Fir
Spruce
Other
Fake
Barack Obama:
6 feet, 1 inch tall
Planted in 1876
Carson City
Nevada
Norway Spruce
110 feet tall
Des Moines
Iowa
Blue Spruce
65 feet tall
Lansing
Michigan
Blue Spruce
63 feet tall
Dover
Deleware
Norway Spruce
60 feet tall
Honolulu
Hawaii
Norfolk Pine
55 feet tall
Sacramento
California
White Fir
53 feet tall
Chopped down from someone’s yard
Boise
Idaho
Blue Spruce
45 feet tall
Nashville
Tennessee
Norway Spruce
40 feet tall
Madison
Wisconsin
Balsam Fir
40 feet tall
The only Sequoia in the bunch
Santa Fe
New Mexico
Sequoia
40 feet tall
Most lights... 40,000!
Montgomery
Alabama
Eastern Red Cedar
38 feet tall
Pierre
South Dakota
Blue Spruce
37 feet tall
Donated by State Farm Insurance
Springfield
Illinois
Fake
35 feet tall
Montpelier
Vermont
Balsam Fir
32 feet tall
Columbia
South Carolina
Concolor Fir
32 feet tall
Albany
New York
Blue Spruce
30 feet tall
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma
Fake Douglas Fir
30 feet tall
One foot taller than the White House tree
Olympia
Washington
Noble Fir
30 feet tall
Has 500 bows
Atlanta
Georgia
Red Cedar
28 feet tall
Denver
Colorado
Subalpine Fir
27 feet tall
Little Rock
Arkansas
Fake
25 feet tall
Shortest time to decorate: 1 hour
Saint PAul
Minnesota
Balsam Fir
25 feet tall
Lincoln
Nebraska
Blue Spruce
25 feet tall
Trimmed with
150 candles
Columbus
Ohio
Fake
25 feet tall
Longest time to decorate: 10 days
Cheyenne
Wyoming
Subalpine Fir
25 feet tall
Covered in ornaments of state animals
Salem
Oregon
Noble Fir
23 feet tall
Bismarck
North Dakota
Balsam Fir
22 feet tall
Harrisburg
Pennsylvania
Douglas Fir
22 feet tall
Frankfort
Kentucky
Norway Spruce
22 feet tall
Baton Rouge
Louisiana
Fake
21 feet tall
Phoenix
Arizona
Blue Spruce
21 feet tall
Annapolis
Maryland
White Pine
19 feet tall
Austin
Texas
Virginia Pine
19 feet tall
Jefferson City
Missouri
Eastern White Pine
17 feet tall
Trenton
New Jersey
Blue Spruce
16.5 feet tall
Charleston
West Virginia
Fraser Fir
16 feet tall
Providence
Rhode Island
Fraser Fir
15 feet tall
Boston
Massachusetts
Fraser Fir
15 feet tall
Features ornaments of locally-grown fruits & vegetables
Raleigh
North Carolina
Fraser Fir
14 feet tall
Indianapolis
Indiana
Canaan Fir
12 feet tall
Richmond
Virginia
Fraser Fir
12 feet tall
Concord
New Hampshire
Fraser Fir
11 feet tall
Jackson
Mississippi
Fake
10 feet tall
Unbreakable balls!
Hartford
Connecticut
Fake
10 feet tall
Juneau
Alaska
Noble Fir
10 feet tall
Topeka
Kansas
Scotch Pine
9 feet tall
Salt Lake City
Utah
Fake
9 feet tall
Augusta
Maine
Balsam Fir
8 feet tall
Tallahassee
Florida
Virginia Pine
6.5 feet tall
One inch shorter than Obama
Helena
Montana
Fake
6 feet tall
Note: Not every state has an “official” tree. In those cases we chose the tallest decorated to represent the state.