Arizona State Tree
Adoption of the Arizona State Tree
Arizona's state tree was adopted in 1954. It was introduced to the Twenty-first Legislature of Arizona by Mrs. Thode of Pinal and several others.
The Arizona House of Representatives approved House Bill No. 227 on March 23, 1954 and the Senate followed suit on April 3, 1954. Governor John Howard Pyle signed this legislation less than a week later on April 9, 1954.
By an act of the Twenty-first Legislature of Arizona, Second Regular Session, Chapter 125, the palo verde (genera Cercidium) became Arizona's state tree on April 9, 1954.
NOTES: The original legislation refers to the genus Cercidium. The genus has been updated to Parkinsonia as you will see in the links under "Additional Information" below. Also, the spelling of the plant's common name varies from "paloverde" to "palo verde."
The legislation adopting the palo verde did not specify a particular variety. There are two species that are native to Arizona and these are the varieties listed below. They are Parkinsonia florida, commonly referred to as the blue palo verde and Parkinsonia microphylla, commonly referred to as the yellow palo verde.
The Arizona Revised Statutes
The following information is excerpted from the Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 41, Chapter 4.1, Article 5, Section 41-856.
TITLE 41. STATE GOVERNMENT.
The Palo Verde (genera cercidium) shall be the state tree.
Blue Paloverde (Parkinsonia florida (Benth. ex Gray) S. Wats.): Tree Identification Fact Sheet from the Virginia Tech.
Yellow Paloverde (Parkinsonia microphylla Torr.): Tree Identification Fact Sheet from the Virginia Tech.
Plant Profile for Parkinsonia florida (Benth. ex Gray) S. Wats. (Blue Paloverde): USDA, NRCS. 2004. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
Plant Profile for Parkinsonia microphylla Torr. (Yellow Paloverde): USDA, NRCS. 2004. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
Blue Palo Verde (Blue Palo Verde): Plant Encyclopedia from MyGardenGuide.
State Tree List: List of all of the state state trees.
A Field Guide to Western Trees (Peterson Field Guides: 44) (Paperback): by George A. Petrides, Olivia Petrides (Illustrator), Roger Tory Peterson (Series Editor), Houghton Mifflin; 2 edition (July 25, 1998)
A Field Guide to California and Pacific Northwest Forests (Peterson Field Guides(R)) (Paperback): by John C. Kricher (Photographer), Gordon Morrison (Illustrator), Roger Tory Peterson (Series Editor), Houghton Mifflin; Reprint edition (November 15, 1998).
A Field Guide to Rocky Mountain and Southwest Forests (Peterson Field Guides(R)) (Paperback): by John C. Kricher (Photographer), Gordon Morrison (Illustrator), Roger Tory Peterson (Series Editor), Houghton Mifflin; Revised edition (January 15, 1999).
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees : Western Region: by Elbert Luther Little, Knopf; Chanticleer Press ed edition (June 12, 1980).
America's Famous and Historic Trees: From George Washington's Tulip Poplar to Elvis Presley's Pin Oak (Hardcover) by Jeffrey G. Meyer. America's Famous and Historic Trees tells the stories of various trees that Meyer and his cohorts rescued or propagated: oftentimes, when trees were going to be cut down, he and his workers headed off the bulldozers, rescuing the tree with their massive tree hoe. Other trees--like the Indian Marker Pecan in southeast Dallas--were propagated before they died.
Trees : National Champions (Hardcover) by Barbara Bosworth. Bosworth captures the ineffable grace and dignity of trees with clarity and directness: the green ash that shades a midwestern crossroads, the common pear that blooms in a Washington field, and the Florida strangler fig with its mass of entwining aerial roots. Her black and white photographs, panoramic views taken with an 8 x 10 camera, show the immensity of the largest species and the hidden triumphs of the smallest
Plants, Seeds & Flowers: Bulbs, seeds, plants, fertilizer, plant containers and more.
Gardening Tools: Pruners, rakes, shovels, hoes, trowels, cultivators and tillers, greenhouses, yard carts and more.
State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide, Third Edition - Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer, Greenwood Press, 2002
State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers and Other Symbols: A Study based on historical documents giving the origin and significance of the state names, nicknames, mottoes, seals, flowers, birds, songs, and descriptive comments on the capitol buildings and on some of the leading state histories, Revised Edition - George Earlie Shankle, Ph.D., The H.W. Wilson Company, 1938 (Reprint Services Corp. 1971)
Source: Arizona Revised Statutes, (http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ArizonaRevisedStatutes.asp), October 2, 2005
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