White House Tree

The White House Christmas Tree

Since 1966, members of the National Christmas Tree Association have presented the official White House Christmas Tree for display in the Blue Room. 

Each year, NCTA hosts a national tree contest, at which growers, industry experts and consumers vote to select the Real Christmas Tree grower who will provide the official White House Christmas Tree. To qualify for the national contest, growers must first win their state or regional competitions, so being named National Grand Champion is quite an achievement. 

2019 marked the 54th year a member from the National Christmas Tree Association has presented the official White House Christmas Tree.

Past National Grand Champion winners

1966 Howard Pierce, Wisconsin, Balsam Fir

1967 Gordon Anderson, Ohio, Blue Spruce

1968 Don Goodwin, Indiana, White Pine

1969 Roy R. Pierce, Ohio, Blue Spruce

1970 Calvin J. Frelk, Wisconsin, White Spruce

1971 Kermit Johnson, North Carolina, Fraser Fir

1972 Alvin Hofert, Washington, Noble Fir

1973 Homer & Bruner Sides, North Carolina, Fraser Fir

1974 Ed Cole, Michigan, Concolor Fir

1975 Guy Cockburn, New York, Douglas Fir

1976 Ken Guenter, Wisconsin, Balsam Fir

1977 Alvin Hofert, Washington, Noble Fir

1978 Guy Cockburn, New York, Veitch Fir

1979 Eric & Gloria Sundback, Pennsylvania, Douglas Fir

1980 Harry Eby, Indiana, Douglas Fir

1981 Eric & Gloria Sundback, Pennsylvania, Douglas Fir

1982 Hal & Sarah Johnson, North Carolina, Fraser Fir

1983 Ken & JoAnn Scholz, Washington, Nobel Fir

1984 Hal & Sarah Johnson, North Carolina, Fraser Fir

1985 Stephen Vander Wiede, Michigan, Blue Spruce

1986 Ron Palmer & Charles Burton, Washington, Fraser Fir

1987 Eric & Gloria Sundback, West Virginia, Fraser Fir

1988 Irv & Alyce Daggett, Wisconsin, Balsam Fir

1989 Berkey Family, Pennsylvania, Fraser Fir

1990 R. Bruce & Michael Lacey, North Carolina, Fraser Fir

1991 Gary & Audrey Sander, Oregon, Noble Fir

1992 Bob Kintigh, Oregon, Grand Fir

1993 Wayne Ayers, North Carolina, Fraser Fir

1994 Lynn & Myron Schmidt, Missouri, Blue Spruce

1995 Ron Hudler & Danny Dollar, North Carolina, Fraser Fir

1996 Kenneth & Joan Scheetz, Ohio, Blue Spruce

1997 Sanford Fishel, North Carolina, Fraser Fir

1998 Jim & Diane Chapman, Wisconsin, Balsam Fir

1999 Ed & Cindy Hedlund, Washington, Noble Fir

2000 Paul & Sharon Shealer, Pennsylvania, Douglas Fir

2001 Bowersox Family, Pennsylvania, Concolor Fir

2002 Ed & Cindy Hedlund, Washington, Noble Fir

2003 Jim & Diane Chapman, Wisconsin, Fraser Fir

2004 John & Carol Tillman, Washington, Noble Fir

2005 Earl, Betsy & Buddy Deal, North Carolina, Fraser Fir

2006 Francis Botek, Pennsylvania, Douglas Fir

2007 Joe Freeman, North Carolina, Fraser Fir

2008 Jessie Davis & Russell Estes, North Carolina, Fraser Fir

2009 Eric & Gloria Sundback, West Virginia, Douglas Fir

2010 Christopher Botek, Pennsylvania, Douglas Fir

2011 Tom & Sue Schroeder, Wisconsin, Balsam Fir

2012 Rusty and Beau Estes, North Carolina, Fraser Fir

2013 John Wyckoff, New Jersey, Douglas Fir

2014 Christopher Botek, Pennsylvania, Concolor Fir

2015 Glenn & Jay Bustard, Pennsylvania, Fraser Fir

2016 Dave Vander Velden, Wisconsin, Balsam Fir

2017 Jim & Diane Chapman, Wisconsin, Fraser Fir

2018 Larry Smith, North Carolina, Fraser Fir

2019 Larry Snyder, Pennsylvania, Douglas Fir

2020 Dan Taylor, West Virginia, Douglas Fir