50 Facts About State Trees

Last updated on June 19th, 2022

26. Flowering Dogwood — Missouri

This tree produces large flower bracts that are often mistaken for flowers.

Row of Dogwood Trees blossoming in spring season.
Row of Dogwood Trees blossoming in spring season. Image via shutterstock/Michael G. Mill

27. Eastern White Pine — Michigan

Deer, songbirds, and porcupines love to feed on seeds from this tree. These seeds are also alternative food for herbivores in winter.

Eastern White Pines
Eastern White Pines (Pinus strobus) on Sand Dune Ridge Overlooking Lake Huron. Image via shutterstock/Brian Lasenby

28. Single-Leaf Pinyon — Nevada

This is an aromatic pine species with short needle-like leaves, and it mainly grows in rocky soils.

A single leaf Pinyon pine (Pinus monophylla)
A single leaf Pinyon pine (Pinus monophylla) in the Monitor Range, Nye County, Nevada, USA. Image via shutterstock/Dominic Gentilcore PhD

29. Ponderosa Pine — Montana

The bark of this tree smells like butterscotch or vanilla.

Ponderosa Pines and Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon
Ponderosa Pines and Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon. Image via shutterstock/Jason Busa

30. American Elm — Massachusetts

It has a vase-like appearance and a wide canopy.

american elm tree
The American Elm tree. Image via shutterstock/Aejahn

31. American White Birch — New Hampshire

This tree has egg-shaped leaves that are hairy underneath.

Birch tree bark as a background
Birch tree bark as a background. Image via shutterstock/Kokoulina

32. Flowering Dogwood — Virginia

Mature dogwoods have gray cracked barks that look like small broken squares, bringing the alligator appearance.

white dogwood tree
White dogwood tree. Image via shutterstock/Virunja

33. Eastern Redbud — Oklahoma

This tree has an appealing branching structure and attractive bark that make it beautiful in winter.

Redbud tree pink flowers, spring background
Redbud tree pink flowers, spring background. Image via shutterstock/Galyna Andrushko

34. Quaking Aspen — Utah

This tree has flat leaves attached to long stalks. Whenever there’s a light breeze, these leaves quake or tremble, and that’s where the name originates.

Quaking Aspen Utah
Golden quaking aspen leaves cover a rural country road. Stately white trunks of aspen line both sides of a lonely road in the mountains of Utah, USA. Image via shutterstock/Layne V. Naylor

35. Douglas-fir — Oregon

Thanks to its thick cork-like bark, this tree is more fire-resistant than its associates.

Douglas Fir
Douglas Fir Reaching For The Sky, Western Oregon. Image via shutterstock/Hugh K Telleria

36. American Elm — North Dakota

American Elms are abundant in sites near the White House. They are durable, strong, and resistant to harsh weather and rot.

alley of old American elm trees in late fall scenery
Alley of old American elm trees in late fall scenery – historical Oval of Colorado State University campus. Image via shutterstock/marekuliasz

37. Sugar Maple — Wisconsin

Due to the abundance of sugar, this tree attracts animals such as squirrels, rabbits, and deer, which feed on the maple seeds, leaves, and buds.

Country road in the Fall with maples
Country road in the Fall with maples. Image via shutterstock/Pamela Weston

38. Sugar Maple — West Virginia

The lifespan of sugar maples is 300 years or more, although they don’t grow so tall.

A rock wall
A rock wall divides property among sugar maples. Image via shutterstock/Layne V. Naylor

39. Sugar Maple — Vermont

It takes more than one sugar maple to make one gallon of maple syrup.

The sugar maple tree forest
The sugar maple tree forest. Image via shutterstock/Pat Stornebrink

40. Tulip Tree — Tennessee

Although Tulip trees produce green flowers, yellow and pink Tulip trees produce yellow and pink flowers, respectively.

Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera). US state tree list
Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) with golden leaves in autumn. Image via shutterstock/Matt Ledwinka

41. Black Hills Spruce — South Dakota

This tree is native to the Black Hills of South Dakota, and that’s where it gets its name.

42. Eastern Cottonwood — Nebraska

This is a medicinal tree whose contents are used to treat rheumatism, fevers, tuberculosis, intestinal worms, menstrual cramps, and whooping cough.

Poplar fluff
Eastern Cottonwood. Image via shutterstock/SvetaKost

43. Eastern White Pine — Maine

Compared to other trees within the same environmental conditions, Eastern White Pines grow faster.

Pinus strobus plant, large tree which grows in the North-Eastern regions of North America.
Pinus strobus (Eastern white pine). It grows in the North-Eastern regions of North America. ideal for planting in the garden and for landscape design. Image via shutterstock/ToKa74

44. Bald Cypress — Louisiana

According to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), this tree is highly resistant to rot, and it’s hence used for making fence posts, doors, and boats.

bald cypress trees
Classic bayou swamp scene of the American South featuring bald cypress trees reflecting on murky water in Caddo Lake, Texas, USA. Image via shutterstock/lazyllama

45. Western White Pine — Idaho

This tree produces larger cones and longer-lasting needles than the Eastern White Pine.

A western white pine tree. US 50 states tree list
A western white pine tree surrounded by fall foliage. Image via shutterstock/Tawnya92

46. Candlenut Tree — Hawaii

This is the only state tree that is not native to its country — Hawaii. However, it has been grown in this state for centuries now, and it remains an important part of the Hawaiian culture.

Candlenut tree
Candlenut tree on the lawn against a background of blue sky and clouds. Image via shutterstock/John Lusikooy

47. American Holly — Delaware

Apart from making Christmas wreaths, American holly leaves can also be used for making medicinal tea. Specifically, this tea can alleviate pneumonia, measles, colds, and flu.

American Holly (Ilex opaca)
American Holly (Ilex opaca). image via shutterstock/Isabelle OHara

48. Loblolly Pine — Arkansas

This tree is mainly found in swampy and lowland areas, and that’s where the name “loblolly” originates.

A Loblolly pine tree
A Loblolly pine tree, on the coast of North Carolina bent and shaped by the wind it looks more like a bonsai tree. Image via shutterstock/Delano Graves

49. Eastern Hemlock — Pennsylvania

Although this tree can live up to 1000 years, woolly adelgid infestation can significantly reduce its life span.

Small pinecones on branches of a Hemlock pine tree
Small pinecones on branches of a Hemlock pine tree (tsuga). image via shutterstock/EQRoy

50. Red Maple — Rhode Island

Red maple leaves contain high levels of carotenoids and anthocyanins which are responsible for the red and yellow coloration in fall. During other seasons, these two pigments are covered by the production of chlorophyll, which typically goes down in fall.

maple tree encased in ice
Maple tree encased in ice. Image via shutterstock/Alexander Sviridov