The state flower of Maine is the white pine cone and tassel. The white pine is a coniferous evergreen tree that can grow up to 80 feet tall. The cones of the white pine are an important source of food for many animals in the winter.
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The Pine Tree
The official state flower of Maine is the white pine cone and tassel. The white pine (Pinus strobus) is the tallest tree in the northeastern United States and one of the longest-lived. It can grow to be over 200 feet tall and live for over 400 years. The cones of the white pine are an important food source for squirrels, birds, and mice.
The White Pinecone
Maine’s state flower is the white pinecone. The White Pinecone was adopted as the official state flower of Maine on February 20, 1895. The White Pinecone is also the official floral emblem of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The White Birch
The White Birch (Betula papyrifera) is a medium-sized deciduous tree that is native to North America. The White Birch grows to a height of 50-70 feet and has a trunk diameter of 12-24 inches. The tree’s oval-shaped crown has a dense growth of branches and leaves. The White Birch’s bark is smooth and white, with horizontal darker stripes. The leaves are ovate-shaped, 3-5 inches long, and 2-4 inches wide. The leaves are dark green on the top and light green on the bottom with double serrated margins. The White Birch flowers are produced in catkins, which are 3-5 inches long. Male and female flowers are produced on separate trees. The White Birch fruit is a small samara, which is 1/2 inch in diameter and has a wingspan of 1 inch.