-Color denotes a tree that is rare or endangered
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State Tree: Live Oak
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Native Trees of Georgia
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Georgia is a state in which you can
find history and nature woven together in
preservation. Great cities like Atlanta, Augusta,
Columbus, and Savannah focus on heritage
and natural southern beauty. This is also true
across the state and is evidenced by the
dozens of historical sites, impressive gardens,
and magestic oak trees.
The nature lover can have quite a list of 'must
sees' in Georgia. Atlanta is home to the world's
largest aquarium, with more animals than any
Georgia Tree Facts
Forested acres: 24.8 million
Percent of land forested: 67%
Predominant forest types:
Number of State Parks or Forests: 44
Number of National Parks/Forests: 2
Number of Tree city USA communities: 139
Number of invasive tree species (declared and/or present): 41 (see state list for noxious/invasive plants)
Damaging insects of high concern: Gypsy Moth, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Ambrosia Beetle
Disease/Pathogen of concern: Laurel wilt, Sudden Death Oak
Number of tree families in our collection: 40
Number of endangered or threatened species in our collection: 3
Georgia Forestry Commission
Invasive Plants of Georgia's Forests
National Park Service, http://www.fs.usda.gov/
USDA, Forestry Service, FEIS
EDDMapS. 2013. Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System.
The University of Georgia - Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Available online at http://www.eddmaps.org/; last accessed January 17, 2013.
Additional state resources:
Georgia State Parks, Annual passes available.
Official Georgia Tourism and Travel Website
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension
Follow the links to view species native to Georgia. If the genus is not linked, species are listed on the family page.
Bignoniaceae, Trumpet Creeper
Chilopsis, Desert Willow
Georgia Tree Families and Genera
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Useful information while browsing species:
• How to read a botanical name
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-Color denotes a tree that is rare or endangered
Please note: This is not a complete list of all native tree families and species found in Georgia. We are constantly working towards a more comprehensive list and will add families and their species as completed.
Oleaceae, Olive Family
Georgia Endangered or Threatened Tree Species
This is not a comprehensive list but we are always working on adding more and will update accordingly.
Chamaecyparis thyoides, Atlantic white cedar
Stewartia malacodendron, Silky camellia
Elliottia racemosa, Georgiaplume
Quercus oglethorpensis, Oglethorpe oak
Illicium floridanum, Florida anisetree
Lindera melissifolia, Southern spicebush
Salix floridana, Florida willow
Torreya taxifolia, Florida Torreya, Florida nutmeg
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Named the State tree in 1937, Live oak trees are an iconic image of the southeastern United States and a beloved emblem of Georgia's historical past. Requested by the Daughters of the American Revolution to be named the State tree, live oak is commonly found in historic areas first settled by the colonists. It is found throughout the coastal region and southern half of the state
but is widely used in landscaping all over Georgia- and the entire south for that matter. Quercus virginiana is revered as a city treasure in Savannah. The city even established a Park and Tree Department in 1896 to care for and protect the trees in the downtown
area. The Spanish moss hanging from the thick, far reaching branches gently swaying in the warm breeze surely helps add to the allure of mystery in America's historical and rumored most haunted city.
The National Champion Live oak is 80 feet tall and found in the Baptist Village Retirement Community. Named Village Sentinal, this tree has been standing guard from
Photo courtesy Steve Hurst @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
between 300 to 500 years and providing shade for travelers on hot summer days with its 160 foot crown spread since before Georgia became a state!
Typically, Quercus virginiana only grows to about 50 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet in diameter.
Part of the Coastal Plain ecosystems, it is resistant to salt spray and soils with high salinity, can tolerate periodic short term flooding, and prefers sites with sandy soils that can be dry or moist. Live oak trees will sprout prolifically from the roots and root collar and can create many clones. Through adaptations like these, they can survive being top killed by fire, are hard to kill, and may produce dense stands. The leathery thick dark green leaves, which persist through winter, are the reason behind Quercus virginiana's common name. A wide variety of wildlife, such a squirrels, rabbits, deer, black bears and wild turkeys, forage on the acorns. There are also a great many bird species that nest and take shelter in live oaks. The Florida Scrub Jay, a threatened species, is one bird species in addition to owls, pigeons, and orioles.
Live Oak, Quercus virginiana, Frampton Plantation House- South Carolina
Live Oak, Quercus virginiana, Brevard Co., Florida
other aquarium and 10 million gallons of water. While in Atlanta, you could also visit the Atlanta
Botanical Garden where they have several gardens including the Dwarf and Rare Conifer
Garden, Hardy Palms Garden, and the Orchid Display House. Another botanical garden, the
State Botanical Garden of Georgia, is located east of Atlanta and just a little north of the
Oconee National Forest in the city of Athens.
Georgia has a wide variety of tree species, many of which have registered champions.
There are 22 National Champions including Georgia plume, nutmeg hickory, Florida maple,
myrtle oak, post oak, mayhaw and red mulberry! Some of the state's most magnificent trees
are showcased by the Savannah Tree Foundation on their Coastal Tree Tour and leads you to
some of the city's most impressive trees such as The Majestic Oak , the 500 year old
Middleton Oak and many others. Being the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the National
Appalachian Trail begins in north Georgia. From Amicalola Falls State Park, an 8.5-mile trail
leads to Springer Mountain, which is southern end of the Appalachian Trail. Ending in Maine
and taking about 6 months to hike, the Appalachian Trail meanders through the Appalachian
Mountains for 2,175 miles. Tumbling and rumbling 728 feet, Amicalola Falls State Park also
has the southeast's tallest cascading waterfall. If hiking to find waterfalls is your pastime,
visiting the Tallulah Gorge State Park would be well worth your time.
Southern Georgia is the place to be for fun on the water. There are numerous beaches, one
of which is a National Seashore, where you can beach comb, relax in the sun, swim, and learn
about nature. The family friendly Massengale Park on St. Simon's Island is a popular among
beach-goers. There is also East Beach, popular for its shells and the Coastal Encounters
Nature Center. You can learn about barrier island ecology with walks and kayak excursions. For the little more rugged,
another watery adventure into the wilds of nature is the Great Okefenokee Swamp. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of
Georgia, it is the largest un-fragmented freshwater and black water wilderness swamp in North America. It boasts 120
miles of paddle trails which criss-cross this virtually untouched expanse.
While Georgia holds many natural wonders, a variety of wild treasures, and a deep, vivid, well preserved history, the most
famous thing in all of Georgia requires timing and an empty stomach. Come June, it is all about the peaches. From the very
large to the locally modest, there are numerous peach festivals with competitions, cobbler, ice cream, peach pie and fun! A
juicy peach or peach ice cream with a dab of cobbler or slice of pie sounds like a perfect way to end an afternoon of
enjoying the splendor of Georgian nature.