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Letter: Real state tree is Utah juniper
First Published Feb 21 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Feb 21 2014 01:01 am

It is understandable that Utah should not share the same state tree with Colorado, presently known as the Colorado blue spruce. The Legislature has voted to change our state tree to the quaking aspen.

We in Utah live in the second driest state in the Union with desert conditions. If you travel the latitude and longitude of the entire state by plane or car, what is the tree that overwhelmingly dominates Utah’s landscape?

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Love it or be in denial, the real Utah state tree is the Utah juniper (Juniperus osteosperma).

Russell D. Larson


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