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National Tree:  Oak

The oak is a common symbol of strength and endurance and has been chosen as the national tree of many countries. In 2004 the Arbor Day Foundation held a vote for the official National Tree of the United States of America. In November of 2004, the United States Congress passed legislation designating the oak as America's National Tree.

The oak tree is a very tall deciduous tree that ranges between 70 and 100 feet in height. As forest fires aren’t incredibly uncommon in temperate deciduous forests, the oak tree has the ability to rapidly regrow after substantial forest fires. its thick bark also helps it withstand fires. The oak tree has a taproot too. This taproot is a root going straight downwards, which helps the tree find water and makes it harder to root up the plant. Lastly, the oak tree loses its leaves during the fall and winter to help it conserve water while it’s dormant.

 

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