From: Daily News, NBC
This year's tree arrived at Rockefeller Center on Friday, November 12 from Mahopac, NY. The 74 foot tall, 40 foot wide tree made its way down from Putnam County by truck and began preparations for its nationally televised illumination on November 30th.
The Norway Spruce (the traditional choice of tree for Rockefeller Center) came from the yard of Peter Acton, an FDNY firefighter. Acton, who was a 9/11/2001 responder, learned of the decision on 9/11 of this year, when members of Rockefeller Center's gardening team knocked on his door.
The 12 ton giant (other reports say the tree weighs in at 18,000 pounds) will be wrapped in 30,000 LED lights on five miles of wire over the upcoming weeks. It will then be topped by a Swarovski Star which is to be unveiled on November 18, 2010.