Native trees play an important role in the health of Georgia’s human and natural communities. In addition to the wealth of benefits provided by all kinds of trees — clean air, filtered water, more shade — native trees are even more of a boon to the environment: They generally require little to no maintenance, they help to limit potentially harmful invasive and exotic plant species, and they provide food for native insects, birds and mammals. In fact, most wildlife can’t survive off of foreign plant species.
So how much do you know about Georgia’s native tree species? Test your knowledge in this short quiz then share your results with us on Facebook.
How many native tree species does Georgia have?
Approximately 100 | Incorrect
Approximately 250 | Correct
To learn more about native Georgia trees, check out If Trees Could Sing, an interactive program that brings together Georgia musical artists to discuss the beauty and benefits of Georgia trees.
Approximately 600 | Incorrect
Which native Georgia tree has tasty nuts that make it the most economically valuable nut tree in the U.S.?
Pecan tree | Correct
See Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Amy Grant talk about the Pecan tree and all its benefits.
Cashew tree | Incorrect
Macadamia nut tree | Incorrect
Which native Georgia tree has adapted so that it now needs fire to grow?
Longleaf pine | Correct
The longleaf pines has a thick-plated bark that protects its cores, leaving it to stand tall and healthy while fire-intolerant species perish. To learn more about the Longleaf pine and its benefits to Georgia, listen to pianist, Grammy-award winner and conservationist Chuck Leavell discuss his favorite tree, the longleaf pine.
Sugar maple | Incorrect
White oak | Incorrect
Which tree inspired the name of an Atlanta arts festival?
Redbud | Incorrect
Tulip poplar | Incorrect
Flowering dogwood | Correct
The Dogwood Festival takes place every spring in Piedmont Park. To learn more about the flowering Dogwood, hear singer-songwriter Doria Roberts and legendary Suzy Bogguss discuss the tree’s beauty. You can also learn about the tulip poplar from jazz singer Annie Sellick and the Eastern redbud from country singer-songwriter Rodney Atkins.
Which native Georgia tree is a hardy evergreen that’s grown on many Christmas tree farms?
Sequoia | Incorrect
Virginia Pine | Correct
Virginia pine also provide wood pulp and lumber. Listen to acoustic American band Humming House explain the virtues of the Virginia pine and the benefits the tree provides us.
Blue spruce | Incorrect
The sycamore tree, known for its camouflage pattern of bark that peels off in patches, is native to only the state of Georgia.
True | Incorrect
False | Correct
The North American Sycamore can be found all over the Eastern United States and spreads across the mid-western plains. Hear singer-songwriter Kim Richey share her love for the sycamore.
Which of the following is false?
A single mature tree can remove more than 200 pounds of air pollution a year. | Incorrect
Trees soak up storm water: a tree can absorb 50 to 100 gallons of rainwater in a big storm. | Incorrect
Atlanta’s urban forest and tree cover reaches 50% of the city limits. | Correct
Actually, Atlanta’s tree cover declined from 45% to 29% between 1974 and 1996. To learn more about the important role trees play in our communities, check out this video featuring 8Ball.
How can you help protect native trees?
At home | Correct
In your community | Correct
Volunteer with The Nature Conservancy and our partners, including Trees Atlanta, to help us plant trees in Georgia.
Around the world | Correct