Quaking aspen a step closer to becoming Utah's state tree

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  • Pendy Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 2:35 p.m.

    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.

  • Spoc Ogden, UT
    Feb. 10, 2014 10:09 p.m.

    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 significance.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 10, 2014 3:17 p.m.

    I'm all for this. I love that tree.