State saplings: Do you know your state's official tree? Here's all 50, plus D.C.
Did you know every state across America has an official state tree? There's one for the country too – in 2004, Congress signed a bill declaring the oak tree as the national tree.
In a 2001 vote hosted by the National Arbor Day Foundation, 400,000 Americans voted to choose a national tree from 21 options, and the winning oak tree was planted on U.S. Capitol grounds to commemorate the selection, the bill states.
There are nearly 60 types of oak native to the U.S., the foundation reports, and the centuries-old trees can span 35 to over 100 feet.
Here is a look at the state tree for every state across America:
Alabama's state tree is the southern longleaf pine.
The Sitka spruce is Alaska's state tree, often found in southeastern and central Alaska.
Arizona's state tree is the palo verde, a gold and green-hued tree found in the desert and foothills of the state.
Arkansas' state tree is the pine tree.
The famous California redwood has been California's state tree since 1937. These trees are the tallest trees in the world and are only found on the Pacific Coast.
Colorado's state tree is the Colorado blue spruce, named for its silver-blue color.
The Charter oak is Connecticut's state tree. While many states choose a species of tree for their state symbol, Connecticut's is an over 200-year-old large white oak tree that played an important part in state history.
The Royal Charter of 1662, signed by King Charles II, allowed the colony of Connecticut to elect its own officials and create its own rules. When King James II tried to revoke the Royal Charters and gain control of the colonies in 1687, leaders of the Connecticut colony tricked the King's armed forces and hid the Charter in the Charter oak tree.
The tree fell during a storm in 1856.
Delaware's state tree is the American Holly, which can reach up to 60 feet tall.
District of Columbia
Washington, D.C. has its own symbolic tree, despite not being a declared state. The scarlet oak is the official tree of D.C.
The sabal palm is Florida's state tree, replacing the cocoa palm on the state seal in 1970.
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The southern live oak is Georgia's state tree, which acts as a "southern symbol of strength lining the historic streets of small towns," according to the city of Augusta.
The Kukui is Hawaii's state tree.
Idaho's state tree is the western white pine, which grows primarily in the northern part of the state.
The white oak is Illinois' state tree. According to Illinois' Department of Natural Resources, settlers in the Illinois territory used white oak wood to build homes and even the U.S.S. Constitution ship.
Indiana's state tree is the tulip tree.
The oak is Iowa's state tree.
The cottonwood tree is the state tree of Kansas, and they were used as building materials for earlier pioneers.
The tulip poplar is Kentucky's state tree.
Louisiana's state tree is the bald cypress.
Maine's state tree is the white pine.
Maryland designated the white oak as the official state tree in 1941.
The American elm is Massachusett's state tree. According to the Secretary of State's office, this tree was chosen because George Washington took command of the Continental Army beneath an American elm tree on Cambridge Common in 1775.
The white pine is Michigan's state tree, chosen as a symbol for Michigan's lumber industry. Michigan led the nation in lumber production from 1870 to the early 1900s, the state's official website says.
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Minnesota's state tree is the Norway pine, also called the res pine.
The magnolia is Mississippi's state tree and doubles as the state's official flower.
The flowering dogwood, found in southern and central Missouri, is the state's official tree. Missouri also has an official state fruit tree, the pawpaw. Pawpaw trees produce green fruits that are yellow on the inside. Pawpaw pulp is used to make bread, pie, jelly or custard and tastes similar to a banana, mango or kiwi.
Montana's state tree is the ponderosa pine.
Nebraska's state tree is the cottonwood tree.
Nevada has two state trees – the single-leaf piñon and the bristlecone pine.
The white birch tree is New Hampshire's official state tree. According to the New Hampshire State Almanac, the white birch was chosen for its abundance in the state and because it is native to New Hampshire.
New Jersey's state tree is the red oak.
New Mexico's state tree is the piñon pine, also called the two-needle piñon.
The sugar maple is New York's state tree.
North Carolina's state tree is the pine. Because eight species of pine are native to North Carolina, the state decided to not pick one over the other during the state tree selection, the State Library of North Carolina reports.
North Dakota's state tree is the American elm.
The Ohio Buckeye is Ohio's official state tree. Ohio is also known as the "Buckeye State" because of these trees, whose nuts resemble the shape and color of a deer's eye.
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Oklahoma's state tree is the redbud.
The Douglas fir is Oregon's state tree.
Pennsylvania's state tree is the eastern hemlock.
Rhode Island's state tree is the red maple.
The palmetto tree is South Carolina's official state tree, and appears on the state seal. According to the South Carolina Government, the palmetto was chosen because the fort made of palmetto logs aided in defeating the British fleet at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island.
South Dakota's state tree is the black hills spruce.
Tennessee's official state tree is the tulip poplar, though it also claims the eastern red cedar as its state evergreen tree.
Texas' state tree is the pecan tree.
The quaking aspen is Utah's state tree.
Vermont's state tree is the sugar maple.
The American dogwood is Virginia's state tree.
The western hemlock is Washington's state tree, a sweeping green giant native to the state.
West Virginia adopted the sugar maple as the official state tree in 1949.
A popular choice for state tree, the sugar maple is Wisconsin's official state tree.
Wyoming's state tree is the plains cottonwood.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: US state trees: From pine to oak, see state trees for all 50 states