Arbor Day: North Dakota
American Elm Leaves
(Photo by gravitywave)
|Happy Arbor Day, North Dakota!
North Dakota celebrates its Arbor Day the first Friday of May, so Happy Arbor Day North Dakota!
The American Elm, North Dakota’s State Tree, was a favorite of Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmstead and he wasn’t alone. American Elms were planted along the streets of cities and towns across the nation, including North Dakota!
Despite the presence 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 named after the tree. North Dakota is home to an Elm Road (Hazen), at least six Elm Avenues (Barnes, Morton, Richland, Stark, Dickey, LaMoure) and at least seven Elm Streets where nightmares may or may not be had (Fargo, Cass, Ransom, Benson, Traill, Morton, Barnes). The state even has a small town simply named Elm.