Maryland’s State Tree is the White Oak. It was symbolized by the Wye Oak that stood at Wye Mills on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Wye Oak had been a landmark in Talbot County, Maryland, since the first settlers in the 1600s. It was more than 100 feet high, had a branch spread of 165 feet and a circumference of 31 feet, 10 inches.
It was one of the largest in the world until on June 7, 2002, it was felled by powerful thunderstorms that also downed power lines throughout the area.
In 1973 the former owners (I have removed their names from the reproduction below) of The Glade acquired a seedling of the Wye Oak with an official certificate and planted it in the back yard.
A mere 38 years later, here’s how it looks.
And here’s a close-up of the leaves.
This large and lovely tree reminds me of the poem “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer which I have not heard for many years.
What’s your state tree? Does it have a story (or a poem)? If you can’t grow the tree, can you preserve a leaf?