state tree


Definition of state tree

: a tree selected (as by the legislature) as an emblem of a state of the U.S.

Examples of state tree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web City leaders had considered the name Red Pine Park after the state tree, but dropped the idea when it was determined the park was populated primarily by Scotch pines. Star Tribune, "Metro briefs: Richfield to open its first off-leash dog park," 31 Oct. 2020 Karen Holt of Edwards, Mississippi, was with several people asking lawmakers to adopt a new banner with a magnolia, which is both the state tree and the state flower. Emily Wagster Pettus, Anchorage Daily News, "Mississippi takes step toward dropping rebel image from flag," 27 June 2020 That the pecan was designated the state tree is usually ascribed to a last wish of former Texas Gov. James Hogg, who held the office from 1891 to 1895. Paula Allen,, "Hunt is on for massive San Antonio pecan tree photographed in early 1900s by controversial eugenics promoter," 13 June 2020 And to send a letter back with Flat Cooper holding a state flag, state bird, state tree or any other accessory related to the state. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje,, "San Antonio boy gets ‘flattened’ to travel to all 50 states amid the coronavirus pandemic," 22 May 2020 And now to what should be considered the state tree of most northern states, Hydrangea paniculata. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "With the right placement and little care, hydrangeas can make your Kentucky garden pop," 8 May 2020 April 25, Maple Festival, Taylor County Fairgrounds, Medford: Learn about Wisconsin's state tree, the sugar maple, plus enjoy maple foods, crafts and a pancake breakfast. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tap trees and taste maple syrup at these events in Wisconsin in 2020," 27 Feb. 2020 Tizza said that’s because the bur oaks are like the south’s live oak, the state tree of Georgia. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's biggest bur oak is more than 300 years old, and you can only see it during a special event in October," 12 Sep. 2019 The black bear is the state animal, the sugar maple is the state tree, the cardinal is the state bird, and the rhododendron is the state flower. USA TODAY, "Expulsion at end of rainbow, Benedict Arnold, Batman thief: News from around our 50 states," 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of state tree

1917, in the meaning defined above

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“State tree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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