I hope everybody is ready," the president said, before counting down to five as daughter Sasha took the lead in flipping the switch on the 28-foot Colorado spruce
planted on the National Mall this fall.
Available trees include: balsam fir, beech, blackgum, Carolina silverbell, cherry (flowering only), Colorado spruce
, crabapple, dawn redwood, dogwood (possibly), Fraser fir, fringetree, hawthorn, honeylocust, hop-hornbeam, hornbeam, Japanese stewartia, Japanese tree lilac, dogwood, larch, linden (all varieties), Norway spruce, pin oak, oak (red, white and swamp white), sweetgum, tulip tree, white fir, white pine, yellowwood, and zelkova.
Myers, of York, Pennsylvania, donated a live Colorado spruce
she had received as a Mother's Day gift 15 years earlier.