Fun fact: In 2004 the oak tree was designated as the official national tree of the United State of America.
A vote was hosted by The National Arbor Day Foundation. As part of the selection process, people were invited to vote for 21 candidate trees. Oak was the clear winner with more than 101,000 votes, compared to the runner-up, redwood trees, with almost 81,000 votes. Maple, pine and dogwood also made the top five.
Cherished for it’s beauty, abundant shade, and top-quality lumber, more than 60 species of oak grow in the United States, which makes it our most widespread hardwood tree. Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska said: “It is a fine choice to represent our nation’s strength, as it grows from just an acorn into a powerful entity whose many branches continue to strengthen and reach skyward with every passing year.”