What Is The State tree of Virginia?
Flowering Dogwood is the state tree of Virginia. It is commonly known as American Dogwood, which is scientifically known as Cornus florida and synonyms Benthamia florida , Benthamidia florida ,Cornus candidissima, Cynoxylon floridum. Virgina’s state flower Flowering Dogwood is a small, deciduous tree, which comes from Cornaceae (dogwood) family. Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida), belongs the genus of Cornus and sub-genus is Cynoxylon with the species of C. florida, which is native to the North Eastern America and northern Mexico.
The flowering dogwood is widespread populace extent from southernmost coastal Maine south to northern Florida and west to the Mississippi River. When a state bodies select a symbol for the state it should be represent extra ordinary design, quality, availability, expression, and usefulness, cultural, traditional and religious back ground, which go back thousands of years or its popularities. On the basis of the above mentioned facts, on February 24, 1956 the Flowering Dogwood has been designated as the state tree of Virginia. Even though it was also been adopted the American dogwood (Cornus florida) as the official floral emblem of the Commonwealth of Virginia on March 6, 1918.
Facts about State Flower of Virginia [Flowering Dogwood]
- Common Name: American Dogwood, dogwood, boxwood or cornel.
- Genus: Cornus
- Species: C. florida
- Found in: native to the North Eastern America and northern Mexico. The flowering dogwood is widespread populace extent from southernmost coastal Maine south to northern Florida and west to the Mississippi River.
- Flower: The flower of the flowering dogwood is singly in tinny size and inconspicuous surrounded by four greenish-yellow bracts. More or less twenty flowers are generates in a flower-head, which is surrounded by four large conspicuous bracts those are may be white, pink or red in color. It is a hermaphroditic flower..
- Bark: The bark of the flowering dogwood is usually gray when it is juvenile which will ultimately develop and turn to very flaking and blocky..
- Leaf: The leaves are oppositely arranged, easy, ovate shaped, accurately seamed, 6–13 cm long and 4–6 cm wide, which are with an apparently entire margin. It turns to rich red-brown in fall.
- Fruits: The fruit of the flowering dogwood are called “red berries.” It is shiny, oval red drupe, in between 10-15 mm long, generates in clusters of 3 to 4 fruit, which are ripens in the late summer to the early fall .
- Purpose: Ornamental, Food and herbal value
- Symbolism: Beauty and purity and resemble the cross.
The Virginia’s state Tree American dogwood is a plant of small, deciduous flowering tree that growing up to feet tall with graceful branches, which blooms in late spring to early summer with lot of showy flowers. Flowering dogwood grows well in moist, acidic soil in a location with some partial shade that the morning period full sun shines and afternoon in shade from the sun light. It also prefers rationally well-drained, fertile soils; full sun is suggested in high-hazard areas, like as watercourse or pond banks.
“One of the fastest actions in the plant world is the explosive opening of flowers on the bunchberry dogwood, which happens in just under 0.5 milliseconds. As the flora come apart open, the petals rapidly divide and flip back, depiction the stamens. During the first 0.3 milliseconds, researchers have calculated the stamens are exposed to a force 800 times greater than astronauts experience during blast-off. The mechanism, it is understood, allows pollen to be thrown upwards in order for it to be transported by the wind”.
The Virginia’s state tree American dogwood was well thought-out to have medicinal or health beneficial properties, such as anti-inflammatory, fever-reducing and pain-killing properties. It has also been used to treat inflammations of the stomach and large intestine. The indigenous peoples used tea make from all parts of the American dogwood plant as traditional treatments of lung and kidney problems, fevers, aches and pains, coughs, and fits.
To sum up, The State tree of Virginia, Flowering Dogwood or American dogwood, which are symbolizes the Beauty, purity and resemble the cross and state spirit, pride and identity of Virginia.