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Iowa State Tree
Oak (Recognized Bur Oak)
(Fagaceae Quercus macrocarpa) Recognized
Adopted in 1961.
Although Iowa did not designate a specific species of oak as its state tree, many people recognize bur oak, Fagaceae Quercus macrocarpa, as the state tree since it is the most widespread species in the state.
The oak tree was chosen by the 59th Iowa General Assembly as Iowa's official tree on March 13, 1961. The Iowa Legislature chose the Oak because it is abundant in the state and serves as shelter, food, and nesting cover for many animals and birds.
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Description of the Iowa State Tree
The mighty, majestic oak has, throughout the centuries, been the subject of story, song and proverb. More than 80 species of this beautiful tree are found in North America. All oaks are deciduous trees with toothed leaves and heavy, furrowed bark. The fruit is, of course, the acorn. Like other deciduous trees, most oaks shed their leaves in fall. However, in warmer areas of the continent, some varieties, the ‘live' oaks, keep their greenery throughout the winter. Oaks have always been economically important for their hard, strong wood which has a multitude of purposes including furniture and flooring. Oaks also have landscape uses although mature trees can dominate smaller sites.
Taxonomic Hierarchy of the Bur Oak
All of the state trees, except the Hawaii state tree, are native to the state in which they are designated.