Arbor Day – Which of the 50 Kinds of Trees Will You Plant?

April 24, 2009 / 1 Comment

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Arbor Day has been around for 137 years! Unfortunately, deforestation, though less ancient is winning out over the ideals of Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902) the brainchild behind Arbor Day.

It was Morton’s idea to set aside a day dedicated to tree planting and emphasizing the importance of trees. The first Arbor Day was April 10, 1872. The second such day happened in 1884. Nebraska, where it all started, made Arbor Day a legal holiday in 1885 and soon other states began to follow suite.

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Here are the states trees and state Arbor Days.

Alabama – Last full week in February – Longleaf Pine
Alaska – Third Monday in May – Sitka Spruce
Arizona – Last Friday in April – Paloverde
Arkansas – Third Monday in March – Pine
California – March 7-14 – California Redwood
Colorado – Third Friday in April – Blue Spruce
Connecticut April 30 – White Oak
Delaware – Last Friday in April – American Holly
District of Columbia – Last Friday in April – Scarlet Oak
Florida – Third Friday in January – Cabbage Palmetto
Georgia – Third Friday in February – Live Oak
Hawaii – First Friday in November – Kukui
Idaho – Last Friday in April – Western White Pine
Illinois – Last Friday in April – White Oak
Indiana – Last Friday in April – Tuliptree
Iowa – Last Friday in April – Oak
Kansas – Last Friday in March – Cottonwood
Kentucky – First Friday in April – Tulip Poplar
Louisiana Third Friday in January – Baldcypress
Maine Third full week in May – Eastern White Pine
Maryland First Wednesday in April – White Oak
Massachusetts April 28-May 5 – American Elm
Michigan – Last Friday in April – Eastern White Pine
Minnesota – Last Friday in April – Red Pine
Mississippi – Second Friday in February – Southern Magnolia
Missouri First Friday in April – Flowering Dogwood
Montana Last Friday in April – Ponderosa Pine
Nebraska – Last Friday in April – Cottonwood
Nevada Southern – February 28; Northern: April 23 – Singleleaf Pinyon
New Hampshire – Last Friday in April – Paper Birch
New Jersey Last Friday in April – Northern Red Oak
New Mexico Second Friday in March – Pinyon
New York – Last Friday in April – Sugar Maple
North Carolina First Friday following March 15 – Pine
North Dakota – First Friday in May – American Elm
Ohio Last Friday in April – Ohio Buckeye
Oklahoma – Last full week in March – Eastern Redbud
Oregon First full week in April – Douglas Fir
Pennsylvania – Last Friday in April – Eastern Hemlock
Rhode Island – Last Friday in April – Red Maple
South Carolina – First Friday in December – Cabbage Palmetto
South Dakota – Last Friday in April – White Spruce
Tennessee – First Friday in March – Yellow Poplar
Texas Last Friday in April – Pecan
Utah Last Friday in April – Blue Spruce
Vermont First Friday in May – Sugar Maple
Virginia – Second Friday in April – Flowering Dogwood
Washington Second Wednesday in April – Western Hemlock
West Virginia Second Friday in April – Sugar Maple
Wisconsin – Last Friday in April – Sugar Maple
Wyoming Last Monday in April – Cottonwood

Will you be planting a tree on Friday, April 24th (Arbor Day)?

I live in California … so maybe I’ll go plant one of the giant Redwoods and hope I live long enough to see it grow fully.

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