NC Family Farm Will Supply the White House Christmas Tree

The 2021 official White House Christmas tree came from Jefferson, NC. This year, the tree will come from NC again, making it the 15th time since 1961 the tree comes from NC. (Image via The White House)

By Leah Sherrell

October 3, 2023

It’ll be the 15th time since 1961 that a NC tree will be the star tree. That’s more than any other state.

The 2023 White House Christmas tree will come from Cline Church Nursery, a family farm in Fleetwood, NC! 

Every year, the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) has a contest where Christmas tree farmers compete for a spot in the Blue Room of the White House where presidents formally receive guests. Since 1961, North Carolina trees have made an appearance in the Blue Room 14 times– the most of any state!

Cline and Ellen Church started their nursery in 1974 on family farmland, they sold their first harvest of Christmas trees in 1981, and have since grown to a 500-acre tree farm. Their children, Amber Scott and Alex Church, have taken over the business and will help the White House select a tree from their farm on Oct. 9. 

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  • Leah Sherrell

    Leah Sherrell is a multimedia reporter for Cardinal & Pine. A graduate of UNC-Wilmington, she's a resident of Kernersville with a background in video production and communication. Leah uses many forms of media to explore the multifaceted lifestyles and cultures present in North Carolina.

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