Did you know that there are only 39 state tree species that compromise the 50 official state trees? This is due to the fact that some of the official state trees species are shared by more than one state.
The Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) is the state tree of no less than FOUR states! New York, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin all have the Sugar Maple as their state tree.
In addition there are three more tree species that are each claimed by three different states.
- Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee have the Tulip Poplar as their state tree.
- Connecticut, Illinois and Maryland have the White Oak as their state tree.
- Missouri, New Jersey and Virginia have the Flowering Dogwood as their state tree.
Five more trees are shared claimed by two different states
- Colorado and Utah have the Blue Spruce as their state tree.
- North Dakota, Massachusettshave the American Elm as their state tree.
- Florida, South Carolina have the Cabbage Palmetto as their state tree.
- Kansas,Nebraska have the Eastern Cottonwood as their state tree.
- Maine, Michigan have the Eastern White Pine as their state tree.
Mississippi has the Southern Magnolia as its state tree and Louisiana as the State Flower.
Three states have two official state trees.
- California (Giant Sequoia and Coastal Redwood)
- Nevada (Singleleaf Pinyon and Bristlecone Pine)
- New Jersey (Red Oak is the official tree and Flowering Dogwood is the memorial tree)
19 States have Evergreen conifers as their state trees
-10 are Pine trees
-4 are Spruce trees
-2 are Hemlocks
-1 is Redwood
-1 is a Douglas Fir
-1 is a Cypress
6 States have Oak trees
5 States have Maple trees
2 States have Cottonwoods
2 States have palm trees
Only one State has a fruit tree as the state tree (Texas - Pecan)
No state has the Western Red Cedar as its official state tree
There are no true firs (genus Abies) among the state trees (Douglas Fir is not a true fir)
All 39 official state tree species...
American Elm (2) Massachusetts, North Dakota
American Holly Delaware
Bald Cypress Louisiana
Blue Paloverde Arizona
Blue Spruce(2) Colorado, Utah
Bristlecone Pine Nevada
Cabbage Palmetto (2) Florida , South Carolina
Douglas Fir Oregon
Eastern Cottonwood (2) Kansas,Nebraska
Eastern Hemlock Pennsylvania
Eastern Redbud Oklahoma
Eastern White Pine (2) Maine, Michigan
Flowering Dogwood (3) Missouri, New Jersey, Virginia
Giant Sequoia California
Live Oak Georgia
Loblolly Pine Arkansas
Longleaf Pine North Carolina
Northern Red Oak New Jersey
Oak tree Iowa
Ohio Buckeye Ohio
Paper Birch New Hampshire
Pinyon Pine New Mexico
Plains Cottonwood Wyoming
Ponderosa Pine Montana
Red Maple Rhode Island
Red Pine Minnesota
Singleleaf Pinyon Nevada
Sitka Spruce Alaska
Southern Longleaf Pine Alabama
Southern Magnolia Mississippi
Sugar Maple (4) New York, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Tulip Poplar (3) Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee
Western Hemlock Washington
Western White Pine Idaho
White Oak (3) Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland
White Spruce South Dakota
Non-State territories official trees...
District of Columbia - scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea)
Puerto Rico - Ceiba or Kapok (Ceiba pentandra)
Guam – Ifil (Intsia bijuga)
Bonus: Did you know that the United States has a National Tree? The Oak tree (no species specified) is the national tree.