What Is The State Tree of Connecticut?
White Oak or Charter Oak is the state tree of Connecticut. The scientific name of the Connecticut’s state tree white Oak is Quercus alba. Quercus is the genus of the white Oak and Q. alba is its species. It is commonly known as The Charter Oak. It is also called live oak Live Oak, Bur Oak, Red Oak, White Oak, Oak, Golden Oak, Portugal Coral Oak, Royal Oak. It belongs from the beech family of Fagaceae. It is commonly found in the southeastern U.S. states from Virginia to Florida and west to Texas.
When a state body selects a symbol for the state it should represent extra ordinary design, quality, expression cultural, traditional and religious back ground, which go back thousands of years for its popularities. On basis of the facts that stated above, on April 16, 1947, Governor James L. McConaughy signed the legislation that making the white oak or Charter Oak or Quercus alba as the state tree of Connecticut.
It is not only the state tree of Connecticut but also state and national tree of many other countries and states with variant of species, like as State tree of Iowa (Bur Oak), New Jersey (Red Oak), Maryland, Illinois (White Oak) and national tree of Germany, Italy, Latvia, Moldova, Serbia, Romania, USA (Oak), Croatia, Estonia (Pedunculate Oak), Cyprus (Golden Oak), Portugal (Coral Oak), United Kingdom (Royal Oak).
Facts about Connecticut’s State Tree [Live Oak]
- Common Name: White oak or Charter Oak
- Genus: Quercus
- Species: Quercus alba
- Found in: Commonly found in the southeastern U.S. states from Virginia to Florida and west to Texas
- Flower Color: Green (male flower) and Reddish (female flower)
- Time of blooming: March through May.
- Twig: Slender, gray and pubescent, with small, blunt, numerous fatal buds.
- Bark: Quickly increasing red-brown trough with small surface scales. Gradually are becoming black and very blocky.
- Leaf: Rotate, plain, evergreen, leathery, 2 to 5 inches long, oblong or oval in shape with an entire or spiny and revolute margin.
- Fruit: Acorns (fruits of the Oak tree) are in bunch of 3 to 5, which are maturing in a season.
- Type: Evergreen
- Purpose: Fragrant, ornamental.
- Symbolism: Sovereignty, power, Strength & Endurance, Generosity & Protection, Justice, Nobility, Honesty & Bravery
The Connecticut’s state tree White Oak or Charter Oak is evergreen plants with a diversity forms, either shrubby or dwarfed with large and dispersal, depending upon the place. Generally White oak grows on sandy soils of low coastal areas. The Oak wood is very weighty and tough but better to used at current. The leaves of white Oak are rotate, plain, hairless, 2 to 5 inches long, oblong to oval in shape with an entire or spiny and with an equally lobed margin. The frontage of the leaf is bright green and the rear is whitish. The flowers of white oak are appears with the leaves, through exposed catkins, 2 to 4 inches long. Male flowers are green Female flowers are reddish and emerge as single spikes. White oak never reaches great height, but occasionally the circlet may have a span of 46 in (150 ft) or more.
It open-grown specimens may have trunks 200 cm (79 in) in d.b.h. and average 15 in (50 ft) in height. The White oak trees prefer acidic loam, and admit most types of soil, together with sand and clay. It can grow in alkaline or acidic soil, wet or well-drained. If once the White Oak established it can resist burly winds and also dearth lenient.
The Connecticut’s state tree White Oak or Charter Oak has strong astringent properties. Internally as a tea it helps fight diarrhea and dysentery. Externally it can be used to treat hemorrhoids, inflamed gums, wounds, and eczema. It has also been used as American folk medicine. White oak trees have lot of magical/magickal properties, some of which are: (a) Dreaming of resting under an oak tree means have a long life and wealth. (b) Climbing the tree in dream means a relative will have a hard time of it in the near future. (c) Dreaming of a fallen oak is means the loss of love.
The Connecticut’s state tree White Oak or Charter Oak as the King of Trees has been sacred to the various European Gods including Zeus, Jupiter, Thor and Jumala. Pliny wrote about the Druids reverence just before this tree, illumination that they assembled for ceremony in Oak orchards, congregation the sacred mistletoe with a golden sickle. Likewise the Galatian peoples held gathering in oak sanctuary. The fruits of Oak which called acorns also have symbolic importance that it used as a divinatory system. Combining all this, the Oak can represent community, religious virtue and foresight.
To sum up, White Oak or Charter Oak is the state tree of Connecticut that symbolizes Sovereignty, power, Strength & Endurance, Generosity & Protection, Justice, Nobility, Honesty & Bravery and also the spirit of the state that makes it as the state tree of Connecticut.