The United Stated is a rich land with phenomenal nature that stretches from coast to coast, and one of the key features that makes American nature so appealing is its trees. There are allegedly 950 species of trees that grow originally in North America. In this article we’re going to go through a few of the most common trees that grow across the United States.
Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
This tree stays red all year long. The buds that show up in the winter, the spring flowers, the summer leafstalks, the fall foliage; all red. These hardy trees can thrive in many different types of soil, allowing it to grow in many locations. The red maple works well as shade, since it can grow up to between 40-60 feet in height and 40 feet wide once fully mature. It’s a fast growing tree that thrives off the sun. The red maple is Rhode Island’s state tree.
Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda)
This tree is one of the fastest growing pines in the south and has also been called “old-field pine” and “bull pine.” This tree is native to the east coast and grows from Florida to New Jersey, although it can also be found in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. Chipmunks and squirrels eat the seeds of the loblolly pine, and it also acts as shelter for a variety of birds from the southeast. This tree can also grow well in different type of soil and grows to be 60-90 feet tall and between 25-35 feet wide once fully mature. The loblolly pine is the state tree of Arkansas.
American sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
The American sweetgum grows in the southeastern United States. The leaves on this tree are star-shaped, glossy and green and in the fall they turn yellow, then purple and red. They stay on the tree much later into the season than most trees. This tree can grow to be 60-70 feet tall and 40-50 feet wide once mature.
Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
The Douglas-fir is and evergreen that’s shaped like a cone when it’s young and grows to look more like a pyramid as it matures. The name “Douglas-fir” can be written hyphenated or as a single word to indicate that it’s not a real fir. It’s commonly used as a Christmas tree since the needles are hardy and don’t easily shed. It grows to be 40-70 feet tall and 12-20 feet wide once mature. It grows better in neutral or acidic soils and won’t grow well in poor, dry soils. The Douglas-fir is the state tree of Oregon.
These are just a few of the majestic trees that grace our landscapes, but there are so many more.
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