The tree cut from Elkton, Md. looks grand among the skyscrapers of Manhattan. Photo: Rockefeller Center

VIDEO: Rockefeller Christmas Tree Leaves Md. for Holiday Place of Honor

A once-anonymous Norway spruce that grew for more than 80 years behind a home in the Elk rivershed, near the Maryland-Delaware line, is now in the New York City limelight. The first Maryland tree to be chosen as the traditional Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was cut, lifted by crane, and trucked to Manhattan on Friday.

Cheryl Costello was there in the early morning hours to catch the remarkable process, and she tells us what’s so special about this Chesapeake Bay tree and the rest of the Christmas trees that grow in this part of the watershed. Watch below: