Arbor Day: Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota…. [Taking Deep Breath]…. Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin….. and U.S.A.

April 24, 2009 at 10:53 pm 5 comments

Happy Arbor Day! Today is the national Arbor Day for the U.S. In addition, numerous states have adopted the last Friday of April as their Arbor Day as well. That means there are a lot of trees to cover.

The Oaks

In 2006, Congress made it official. The United States of America had a national tree. The Oak.


The Angel Oak (Photo by zeynep’arkok)

Our nation’s affection for oaks could been seen well before Congress designated a national tree. Keffer Oak, Wye Oak, Emancipation Oak, Angel Oak. Just like a trusted dog, a loving cat or favorite automobile, we name our oaks.

The District of Columbia and a number of states selected an oak species as their state tree, four of which celebrate Arbor Day today.

District of Columbia
Scarlet Oak
(Photo by pellaea)
Connecticut
White Oak
(Photo by Tie Guy II)
Iowa
Oak
(Photo by lyle58)
New Jersey
Northern Red Oak
(Photo by Maggie and Her Camera)
Illinois
White Oak
(Photo by Tie Guy II)

The Pines

Five states celebrating their Arbor Days today selected a pine species as their state tree.

Idaho
Western White Pine
(Photo by axelkr)
Michigan
Eastern White Pine
(Photo by prefers salt marsh)
Minnesota
Red Pine
(Photo by esagor)
Montana
Ponderosa Pine
(Photo by keepitsurreal)
Nevada
Bristlecone Pine and Singleleaf Pinon
(Photo by jb18t)

The Spruces

Two states celebrating their Arbor Day today selected a spruce as their state tree.

South Dakota
Black Hills Spruce
(Photo by ragesoss)
Utah
Blue Spruce
(Photo by chefranden)

The Maples

Three states celebrating Arbor Day today selected a maple as their state tree.

New York
Sugar Maple
(Photo by RunnerJenny)
Rhode Island
Red Maple
(Photo by p-h-o-t-o-l-i-f-e)
Wisconsin
Sugar Maple
(Photo by poppy2323)

The Cottonwoods

Two states celebrating today share Cottonwood as their state tree.

Kansas
Cottonwood
(Photo by caddymob)
Nebraska
Cottonwood
(Photo by georgeogoodman)

The Threatened

Two states celebrating Arbor Day today find their state tree under attack. Massachusett’s American Elm battles the Dutch Elm Disease. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania’s Eastern Hemlock battles struggles against the woolly adelgid.

Massachussetts
American Elm
(Photo by Mike Rollinger)
Pennsylvania
Eastern Hemlock
(Photo by Cornell Fungi)

The Rest

Even with all those other categories, we still have six states left celebrating their Arbor Day today!

Indiana
Tuliptree
(Photo by DarkGuru)
Delaware
American Holly
(Photo by Noël Zia Lee)
New Hampshire
Paper Birch
(Photo by backpackphotography)
Ohio
Ohio Buckeye
(Photo by JimmyMac210)
Hertford Tree Memorial - Dogwood Blossoms From Below Virginia
Dogwood
Texas
Pecan
(Photo by Old Shoe Woman)

To find out when your state celebrates Arbor Day, check out Arbor Day Dates Across America at ArborDay.org.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jason Corneveaux  |  April 25, 2009 at 1:53 am

    Glad you like my cottonwood picture! Nice post.

    Reply
  • 2. ideonexus  |  April 25, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Fantastic selection of photos! Go CC!!!

    Reply
  • 3. geekhiker  |  April 27, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Not a single tree from California? Especially our mighty coastal oaks? 😦

    Reply
  • 4. tgaw  |  May 1, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    @Jason – Yes, thank you again for licensing it with Creative Commons.

    @ideonexus – Yup! Go CC!!!

    @geekhiker – Actually California celebrates an Arbor Week in March. I didn’t get to use a Creative Commons image for that post, but luckily a talented photographer gave me permission to use a striking Coast Redwood shot.

    Reply
  • 5. Arbor Day: North Dakota « TGAW  |  May 1, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    […] of Dutch Elm Disease, the city of Fargo still has 7100 American Elms along its streets. Just like with oaks, the affection for the species is reflected in names. Only this time, it is manifested in items […]

    Reply

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