A Tree for Every State

Before you head to your local Santa Rosa nursery to buy a new tree for the yard, consider the fact that every state in this great union that we call the United States has a state tree. Yes, that is right; each and every state has found one that they have named their tree “mascot” so to speak. This isn’t just another fact for elementary school students to memorize. It means that each state has decided on a tree that is their emblem and most states are well populated with their tree. Let’s take a look at a few:

Northern Red Oak

  1. California- There is no surprise here. California’s state tree is the Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). These Evergreen trees stay green all year round, for those of you that didn’t know what the term “evergreen” means. They have needles, not leaves, which is typical for Evergreen trees. They grow to amazing heights of over 300 feet. It’s a great tree to plant, but only if you want to wait 50 years to see it grow after you’ve set it in the ground.
  2. Hawaii- When you head to your tree nursery, look for Hawaii’s state tree, the Candlenut tree (Aleurites moluccana). It’s a beautiful tree and obviously one that can stand up to the humid climate that exists on these Pacific islands. And again, not surprisingly, the small white flowers that come from the trees are used in leis. Aloha!
  3. Iowa- Iowa isn’t a state that you think of as having tons of trees, but trust me they are there. Iowa’s state tree is the Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra). These are great trees to plant, mostly because of the acorns that come off of them in the autumn season. At that time the acorns fall to the ground, separating themselves from the little caps that held them to the tree. The acorns make great food for squirrels and humans alike, and the little caps can be used as whistles when held correctly.
  4. Michigan- Michigan is the state with arguably the most trees of all the states in the union. Trees are instantly visible after crossing the border. Michigan’s state tree is the Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobes). Like all Evergreen trees, instead of leaves it has needles and the fruit it produces are pine cones which are almost always covered in sticky syrup. They are tall, beautiful trees, though, so don’t be afraid to talk to your local tree nursery about planting some in your yard.
  5. Washington- Another “tree” state, Washington’s state tree is the Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla). This is a deciduous tree with long single, spiral leaves that line the branches. With long, thin bark, it grows to be over 200 feet tall. It is definitely a great option to add to your property, if at all possible.

Eastern White Pine

When planting any tree in your yard, definitely consult with your local tree nursery. They will ultimately know what trees will work best in your state. Soils vary from state to state, as does climate, both of which must be taken into consideration when planting any tree in your yard. Also discuss with the expert at your nursery the location of the tree in your yard. Some trees need direct light, while others thrive in the shade. Location is also important as a location too close to your house could cause problem in the future; roots can damage foundations and dead limbs can fall on roofs during storms causing further home damage. All things considered, planting a tree in your yard is almost always a good idea. Contact your tree nursery today for more information.

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