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Matt Rosenberg

Carol Schultz of Florida, N.Y., planted a 4 foot Norway spruce in her yard in spring 1959.

She wasn’t sure it would survive.

Sixty years later, she watched as the tree was cut down in her yard, lifted by a crane and hauled to New York City, where it will be set up as the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center this season.

“I said, ‘Oh I don’t think it’s gonna take.’ You know how things happen, but it turned out to be a magnificent tree,” Schultz said. “It’s so beautiful, shaped perfect and I’m happy to share it with everybody.”

The 14-ton tree is the 88th Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.

The tree lighting in New York is scheduled for Dec. 4.

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