The Oak—America’s National Tree

People were invited to vote for one of 21 candidate trees, which included the state trees of all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Oak—The People’s Choice for America’s National Tree

Tree Candidates Table of Common Species

Listed here are the 21 tree names or “genera” which appeared on the National Tree ballot.

Following each tree name is its Latin or scientific name, and some of the common species of that tree. This list of 21 broad types of trees (genera) incorporates all state trees and suggests the wealth of species across the United States.

Tree Candidate
Latin Name Some Common Species
BALDCYPRESS Taxodium Baldcypress
BIRCH Betula  European White Birch, Paper Birch, Red Birch, River Birch, Water Birch
BUCKEYE  Aesculus  California Buckeye, Horsechestnut, Ohio Buckeye, Yellow Buckeye
COTTONWOOD (POPLAR)  Populus  Balsam Poplar, Bigtooth Aspen, Black Cottonwood, Eastern Cottonwood, Fremont Cottonwood, Lanceleaf Cottonwood, Lombardy Black Poplar, Narrowleaf Cottonwood, Plains Cottonwood, Quaking Aspen, White Poplar
DOGWOOD  Cornus  Brown Dogwood, Flowering Dogwood, Pacific Dogwood
DOUGLASFIR  Pseudotsuga  Douglasfir
ELM  Ulmus  American Elm, Chinese Elm, Cork Elm, Rock Elm, Siberian Elm, Slippery Elm
HEMLOCK  Tsuga  Eastern Hemlock, Mountain Hemlock, Western Hemlock
HOLLY Ilex  American Holly, Yaupon Holly
KUKUI  Aleurites  Kukui
MAGNOLIA  Magnolia  Cucumbertree Magnolia, Saucer Magnolia, Southern Magnolia, Umbrella Magnolia
MAPLE  Acer  Amur Maple, Ashleaf Maple, Bigleaf Maple, Bigtooth Maple, Black Maple, Boxelder Maple, Canyon Maple, Ginnala Maple, Norway Maple, Red Maple, Rocky Mountain Maple, Silver Maple, Striped Maple, Sugar Maple.
OAK  Quercus  Arizona White Oak, Black Oak, Blue Oak, Bur Oak, California Black Oak, California Live Oak, Canyon Live Oak, Chestnut Oak, Chinkapin Oak, Coast Live Oak, Emory Oak, Engelmann Oak, English Oak, Gambel Oak, Interior Live Oak, Live Oak, Mexican Blue Oak, Northern Red Oak, Oregon White Oak, Overcup Oak, Pin Oak, Post Oak, Scarlet Oak, Shingle Oak, Shrub Live Oak, Southern Red Oak, Swamp White Oak, Valley Oak, Water Oak, White Oak, Willow Oak
PALM  Sabal  Bush Palmetto, Cabbage Palmetto
PALOVERDE  Cercidium  Blue Paloverde, Yellow Paloverde
Carya  Bitternut Hickory, Mockernut Hickory, Pecan, Pignut Hickory, Shagbark Hickory, Shellbark Hickory.
PINE  Pinus  Apache Pine, Austrian Pine, Bishop Pine, Bristlecone Pine, Chihuahua Pine, Colorado Pinyon Pine, Coulter Pine, Digger Pine, Eastern White Pine, Foxtail Pine, Jack Pine, Jeffrey Pine, Monterey Pine, Parry Pinyon Pine, Pinyon Pine, Pitch Pine, Ponderosa Pine, Red Pine, Scotch Pine, Scots Pine, Scrub Pine, Shortleaf Pine, Singleleaf Pinyon Pine, Slash Pine, Southwestern White Pine, Sugar Pine, Torrey Pine, Western White Pine, Whitebark Pine.
REDBUD  Cercis  California Redbud, Eastern Redbud, Western Redbud
REDWOOD  Sequoia  California Redwood, Giant Sequoia.
SPRUCE  Picea  Black Spruce, Blackhills Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, Engelmann Spruce, Norway Spruce, Red Spruce, Sitka Spruce, White Spruce.
TULIPTREE  Liriodendron  Tuliptree, (Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar).