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The US National Tree – The Mighty Oak

Celebrate the 4th of July with a picnic under our National Tree - the Oak.

In 2004 the oak was designated the National tree of the United States. Citizens of all ages were invited to vote. The process involved a four month long open voting hosted by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

The oak tree is the most widespread hardwood tree in the United States. There are more than 60 species. These majestic giants provide shade, beauty and lumber.  Supporters felt the long lived enduring and mighty oak represents the strength of our nation.

Oaks have also been a part of American history.  The USS Constitution battleship derived its nickname “Old Ironsides” from its ability to repel British cannonballs – thanks to the oak hull.

And Andrew Jackson took shelter under Louisiana’s Sunnybrook Oaks when traveling to the Battle of New Orleans.

A bit more information:  From the beginning the oak tree was the clear choice. It received 101,000 votes compared to the second place redwood with 81,000. The remaining top five include dogwood, maple and pine. For more information, visit the Arbor Day Foundation website.

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