The apple blossom, Pyrus malus , was adopted as the Arkansas State Flower by the Thirty-third General Assembly of 1901. Apple blossoms have pink and white petals and green leaves. At one time Arkansas was a major apple-producing state. The town of Lincoln in Washington County hosts the annual Arkansas Apple Festival.
The apple blossom was chosen because at that time Arkansas was known as the apple state and sometimes called "The Land of the Big Red Apple." At one time Benton County was the chief apple-producing county in the US Today Arkansas ranks 32ndin apple production.
Synonyms/other Latin names: = Malus coronaria var. coronaria (L.) Mill. (NoR)
Common name(s): sweet crabapple
This is a well-known tree, growing from 20 to 40 feet high, with rigid, crooked, spreading branches, and a rough, blackish bark. The apple tree is a native of Europe, naturalized in this country, and flowers from April to June. There are, probably, nearly 1000 varieties cultivated in the United States, and all of which are said to be derived from the Wild crab (Pyrus coronaria, Linne). From the fruit cider is manufactured, and both the fruit and its cider are much used for domestic and medicinal purposes.
The law designating the apple blossom as the official Arkansas state flower is found in the 2014 Arkansas Code Title 1 - General Provisions Chapter 4 - State Symbols, Motto, Etc. Section 1-4-109
TITLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS.
CHAPTER 4.STATE SYMBOLS, MOTTO, ETC.
1-4-109. State flower.
The apple blossom is declared to be the state floral emblem of Arkansas.
History. Senate Concurrent Resolution, No. 1, Acts 1901, p. 408; A.S.A. 1947, § 5-109.
Taxonomic Hierarchy: Apple
Kingdom: Plantae - Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta - Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta - Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicotyledons
Family: Rosaceae - Rose family
Genus: Malus Mill. - apple
Species: M. domestica -
Synonym: Pyrus malus L
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