State Tree Grove
Lewiston’s State Tree Grove is located in Normal Hill Cemetery
Naming "State Trees"
The practice of naming "State Trees’ began in 1918 when Virginia’s state legislature selected the flowering dogwood as a tree representative of the state. Texas followed suit in 1919 by naming the pecan its state tree. Perhaps naming state trees was an idea ahead of its time because it was not until 1931 that Indiana selected the tulip tree to be its state tree. In1935, Idaho selected the Western White Pine and Pennsylvania selected the Eastern Hemlock. Click here for State Tree Grove Flyer.
Lewiston State Tree Grove
In 1992, students from Webster Elementary School selected the creation of a State Tree Grove as their Arbor Day Project. Under the supervision of Mike Bowman, Lewiston City Forester, the students wrote state foresters and asked for a seedling specimen of their state trees. Thirty-four trees were planted, representing the state trees of 46 states and the District of Columbia. Four states, Arizona, Florida, South Carolina, and Hawaii, are not represented in the state tree grove because their state trees are species that can not survive our Lewiston winters.\
State trees not represented in this planting
Palo Verde (Cercidium spp.) Arizona
Cabbage Palm (Sabal palmetto) Florida, South Carolina
Candlenut (Aleurites moluccana) Hawaii
State Record Trees
The Blue Ash tree, Fraxinus quadrangulata, located in the Masonic Division near 7th Street and 15th Avenue is listed as a state record tree for its size. It is believed to have been planted in 1907.