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State Tree--Southern Longleaf Pine

The pine tree was designated as the official state tree of North Carolina in 1963.The state's nickname"Tar Heel State"originates from colonial production of tar,pitch,rosin and turpentine from the state's extensive pine forests.Eight types of pine tree are considered indigenous to NC,including the eastern white,loblolly,longleaf,pitch pond, shortleaf,table mountain,and virginia pine.During the colonial period and early statehood, the pine tree was a vital part of the economy of North Carolina.

The Alabama state tree is the Southern Longleaf Pine

State Rock--Marble--Alabama marble is said to be among the whitest in the world. Most of it is mined near Sylacauga, and marble from Sylacauga was used to build the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

Alabama designated blackberry (Rubus, R. occidentalis) as the official state fruit symbol in 2004. Alabama also recognized the peach as official tree fruit in 1949.

Pine cones...good fire starters

The southern longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Miller) is the official state tree of Alabama.

Alabama State Parks,The first thing you notice about Cathedral Caverns is the massive entrance. The huge opening measures 126 feet wide and 25 feet high. And it gets even better. Inside the cavern, you will find Big Rock Canyon, Mystery River and some of the most beautiful formations Mother Nature has ever created. Among them, you will see Stalagmite Mountain, The Frozen Waterfall and Goliath, a huge stalagmite column that reaches the ceiling of the cave some 45 feet above!

Alabama state quarter featuring Helen Keller and other Alabama symbols

Gee's Bend quilters in Alabama - Click to see all state cultural symbols