City Selects Giant Colorado Spruce for Christmas Tree Donation

A large tree is placed onto a flatbed trailer from a Transcona home during last year's Christmas tree donation to the city. (CHRISD.CA FILE)
A large tree is placed onto a flatbed trailer from a Transcona home during the city’s Christmas tree donation in 2011. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

There can only be one official Christmas tree to decorate the courtyard at City Hall, and this year, a 40-foot Colorado blue spruce made the cut.

The tree comes from the yard of Boris Todoruk at 625 Springfield Road and will be cut down on Sunday morning.

“It’s always wonderful to look out during the bleak winter months when snow is on the ground and see a beautiful green tree,” said Todoruk. “This tree has really grown too big for my yard. I’ll miss it, but donating it for City Hall’s holiday display seemed like a fitting way to say good-bye to such a lovely tree.”

The approximately 50-year-old spruce is cylindrical in form, and has a full canopy all the way to the ground.

City forester Martha Barwinsky said Todoruk’s tree was selected for its height and full branches.

The city received more than 150 offers from citizens to have their trees donated after putting out the call on October 17.

Crews will cut down the tree between 8:30 and 9 a.m. on November 9 before transporting it to 510 Main Street for its arrival roughly 90 minutes later. Once there, the Urban Forestry Branch will decorate it with more than 9,000 multi-coloured LED lights.

The ceremonial tree lighting is Friday, November 14 starting at 6 p.m.