If there is one thing all 50 states have in common, it is their zeal in designating official state symbols or icons.
States assign their official imprimatur to plants, minerals, dinosaurs, pets, songs, and flowers. And, of course, all 50 have a state tree. All of these state trees, with the exception of Hawaii’s, are native to that state.
According to the United States National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., a state tree is often connected to the state by historical events, uses of trees by settlers, or the importance of the timber industry to a state’s economy.
Most states adopted their state trees following the nation’s rapid industrial and agricultural expansion in the 1800s and early 1900s. Without a strong conservation movement to oppose rapacious deforestation, many of the original forests were stripped for building materials, fuelwood, or to clear land for crops and livestock.
In recognition of Arbor Day on April 27, 24/7 Wall St. salutes the official tree in every state.