The Virginia State Tree

Hickory has had his fun with Tree Week–

“Hey! That carved statue was popular with viewers,” he yelled.

“I’m not complaining. It’s just that ‘tree’ was dead.”

“Oh. Well, go ahead, you do better.”

“I’ll try.”

So, as I was saying, having Tree Week in the winter means–to me–we should feature a few trees that shine in this season. But I’m having a hard time bypassing our Virginia State Tree, the Flowering Dogwood, Cornus florida.

bark of the Flowering Dogwood

I bet you thought I was going to show you the tree. I’m sure you’ve seen it, and–shh, I don’t want to admit this too loudly, but Hickory’s idea of showing the bark was a good one. It is what we squirrels see up close every day we visit a tree.

Flowering dogwood also has very distinct twigs. They have opposite branching, are slightly purplish and curl up at the tips of the branches.

Flowering Dogwood bark and twigs

Flowering Dogwood twigs

That’s our state tree. Do you know yours?


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