I wonder if they ever considered picking the Joshua Tree for our State Tree. I
know it's in a limited area of Utah but will grow most anywhere in the
State. We also do have a history in naming that Tree. Named after the
biblical figure Joshua by Mormon Pioneers, Joshua Trees grow best at elevations
between 2,000 and 6,000 feet, prefer flat or gently.
Quaking Aspen is a beautiful tree without a doubt. But they grow all over the
north-eastern states, most of Canada, Alaska, and the Northern Rocky Mountains.
They are hardly unique to Utah, although Pando is generally regarded as the
largest living organism on earth. He is not doing well since he hasn't sent
any new shoots up in the last few years. The soft smooth wood is good for
woodcarving.I do not know what the logic was behind adopting the
Blue Spruce, but it is distinctive in appearance and is primarily found in Utah
and Colorado, as is the Gamble Oak. With the exception of Flagstaff, the
Bigtooth Maple is seldom found outside Utah and along with "quakies" are
the principle sources of bright fall color in the mountains.My
personal choice would be the Single Leaf Pinion. Found all across the basin and
range area between the Wasatch and Sierra Nevada mountains, it was a primary
source of food for the Piutes and was instrumental to the survival of the
pioneers along with Sego Lilies and California Gulls in their historical
I'm all for this. I love that tree.