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Garden Trivia

What is the national floral emblem and tree of the United States?

Read on to see the answer!
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Garden Trivia Answer

The national floral emblem is the rose. It was established as the national flower by Ronald Reagan in 1986. The national tree is the oak (Quercus). It was selected through a voting campaign in 2004 by the Arbor Day Foundation. The runner-up was the redwood, followed by the dogwood, maple, and pine.

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