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Arkansas State Tree
Adopted on June 23,1939.
The pine tree (Genus Pinaceae) was adopted as the Arkansas State Tree by the Fifty-second General Assembly of 1939.
Their are four different species of pine native to Arkansas. They are shortleaf pine, loblolly pine, longleaf pine, and
slash pine. The most common species in the state today are the loblolly pine and the shortleaf pine.
Description of Arkansas State Tree: Pine Tree
The pine tree is a major resource of the state's paper industry. There are approximately 200 species of trees native to Arkansas. With the many hybrids, the total comes close to 300, which is a good representation of the nearly 1,200 different trees recognized for the United States. Of the saw timber grown in Arkansas, over 83% is pine, oak, and gum.
The loblolly and shortleaf pine are varieties of southern yellow pine found in our state. Both varieties may grow to be 100 feet tall and can be found in our two National Forests-the Ouachita National Forest and the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest.
Identification of the Pine Tree
Arkansas House Concurrent Resolution
House Concurrent Resolution No. 2 directly related the choice of the pine tree as the state
tree to the economic importance of "Pine Timber resources" and the fact that this renewable resource was
important to the state's "future and its economic and industrial position". It read, in part:
Arkansas Code (Non annotated), Title 1, Chapter 4, Section 1-4-119.
Taxonomic Hierarchy of the Loblolly Pine
All of the state trees, except the Hawaii state tree, are native to the state in which they are designated.