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How well do you know your trees and provinces? See if you can go 5/5 on this test.

It's National Tree Day. Can you name your provincial tree?


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 12:14 PM - Aside from being this year's autumn equinox, September 23 is National Tree Day -- a celebration that raises awareness about trees, and the health and environmental benefits they provide.

Unlike Arbour Day, which is an international celebration, National Tree Day is made-in-Canada and in honour of the day, we've resurfaced this list of Canada's provincial trees.

Can you name them all?

Newfoundland and Labrador - Black spruce

This tree is noted for being hardy and resistant to insects. It's a species of spruce that's native to northern portions of North America and can be found from Newfoundland to Alaska, and extending south to Pennsylvania, Minnesota and central British Columbia.

Prince Edward Island - Red oak

The red oak became PEI's provincial tree in May 1987.

Government officials elected the tree in honour of the vital role Canada's forests play in the country's economy and culture.

There's also the historical importance of the red oak: In the past, it was commonly used to build ships and transport barrels.

Today, it is mostly used to make furniture and flooring.

Nova Scotia - Red spruce

The red spruce became Nova Scotia's official tree in 1988, and it is noted for its hardiness and long life span. In some instances, the tree can live for more than 450 years.

New Brunswick - Balsam fir

Also referred to as the North American fir, this tree is can be found from Newfoundland to central B.C. and in pockets of the U.S.

It can be found in many homes during the holiday season in the form of a Christmas tree.

Quebec - Yellow birch

The yellow birch tree is easily recognized by its striking bark, which boasts hues of deep brown.

It was chosen as Quebec's official tree in 1993.

Ontario - Eastern white pine

The eastern white pine is the provincial tree of Ontario and the state tree of Michigan, while the pine cone and tassel it produces is the state flower of Maine.

In many forests, this tree can be seen towering over other species. It provides food and shelter for a number of bird species and squirrels.

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