Arbor Day: Kentucky

April 3, 2009 at 8:06 am 1 comment

Kentucky Coffee vs. Tulip PoplarHappy Arbor Day, Kentucky!
In this corner, with a height of 60-70 feet with a spread of 40-50 feet, we have the sturdy and strong Kentucky Coffee Tree. And in this corner at a height of a whooping 165 feet, we have the lightening fast Tulip Poplar!

In Kentucky’s history, they had quite a State Tree Controversy. In 1956, the Tulip Poplar was elected as the state tree, but a clerical error forgot to document it as legislation. In 1976, after a two year debate, Kentucky rectified with missing State Tree by selecting the Kentucky Coffee Tree. The debate was certainly heated– “Senators, once friends before the bill proposal, became antagonists. In newspapers and in front of television media, senators made derogatory quips at those even within their own political party.” (Source: Kentucky Library for Libraries and Archives). In 1994, after nearly twenty years of retirement the tulip poplar, apparently the George Foreman of state trees, came back into the ring and was once again took the title of Kentucky’s State Tree.

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  • 1. Arbor Day: Missouri « TGAW  |  April 3, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    […] which is home to four silo trees, has had a lot more consistency with its Arboreal Emblem than Kentucky. In 1955, Missouri selected the Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) and has stuck with it ever […]


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