Maryland State Tree - White Oak


In 1941, Maryland designated the White Oak (Quercus alba) as the State Tree (Chapter 731, Acts of 1941; Code State Government Article, sec. 13-310). Handsome and sturdy, the white oak is named for its whitish bark and grey twigs. The species is found commonly throughout the state.

[Color photograph of a White Oak]
Wye Oak

Decidedly uncommon is the magnificant specimen represented here. It is known as the Wye Oak, and located at Wye Mills in Talbot County on the Eastern Shore. Estimated to be nearly 500 years old, the Wye Oak is the largest white oak tree on record, both in Maryland and the nation. It is one of only two trees surviving as a National Champion since inception of the National Big Tree Register 50 years ago. Among its impressive characteristics are massive buttresses or "knees" at the base which help support this huge tree. The Wye Oak measures 31 feet, 2 inches, in circumference, stands 79 feet tall, and has a crown spread of 102 feet.

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