Though Florida doesn’t celebrate Arbor Day the same time as everyone else, it doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate our trees!
Florida designated the Sabal palmetto palm Sabal palmetto as the official state tree in 1953. Sabal palm trees grow up to 20 m in height. Sabal is a fan-palm native to the southeastern United States, Cuba, and the Bahamas.
In 2004, the Arbor Day Foundation held a survey on its website to let visitors decide what tree species should be designated as the national tree. The mighty oak came in first with a total of 101,000 votes. Taking second place was the redwood with 81,000 votes. Rounding out the top five vote-getters were the dogwood, maple, and pine. In December 2004, Congress officially approved legislation making the oak America’s national tree.
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