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The term floral emblem, which refers to flowers specifically, is primarily used in Australia and Canada. In the United States, the term state flower is more often used
Rhode Island Symbols
Rhode Island State Tree
(Aceraceae Acer rubrum)
Adopted on March 6, 1964.
The Red Maple was voted as the state tree by school children in the 1890's. But it wasn't officially adopted as the state tree until March 6, 1964. In the fall, the leaves turn gold, purple, and scarlet, adding to the beauty of Rhode Island’s forests.
Description of the Rhode Island State Tree
Red maple is also known as scarlet maple, swamp maple, soft maple, Carolina red maple, Drummond red maple, and water maple.
Many foresters consider the tree inferior and undesirable because it is often poorly formed and defective, especially on poor sites. On good sites, however, it may grow fast with good form and quality for saw logs. Red maple is a subclimax species that can occupy overstory space but is usually replaced by other species. It is classed as shade tolerant and as a prolific sprouter. It has great ecological amplitude from sea level to about 900 m (3,000 ft) and grows over a wide range of microhabitat sites. It ranks high as a shade tree for landscapes.
Taxonomic Hierarchy of the Red Maple
All of the state trees, except the Hawaii state tree, are native to the state in which they are designated.