The Idaho Statehouse Christmas tree was cut down today.

The tree belonged to the home of Zelma Foster in Boise's east end.

Zelma and her husband Jack rescued the blue spruce sapling near Clear Creek, just north of Lowman in the mid-1950s.

It has been growing at their home ever since, reaching a height of nearly 45 feet.

"It's nice to get rid of it and know it's going to a good purpose," said Zelma.

The tree is going to the Statehouse where around 12,000 lights will be strung on it.

A tree lighting ceremony is scheduled a week from today on Nov. 28.