Climate change: Might it put trees, flowers on the move?

According to research on the impacts of global warming compiled by the National Wildlife Federation, temperature changes could mean that plants that once thrived in a particular area eventually won't any longer. For example, the buckeye, Ohio's official state tree, could be out of its element later in this century, a federation report indicates. Elsewhere, the report says, the situation could be worse, with both the state tree and flower perhaps migrating out of their historic neighborhoods if average temperatures rise by 5 degrees F., as some scientists predict. Those states, in alphabetical order, with the official tree listed first, followed by the flower, according to the wildlife federation:

  • Delaware: American holly/Peach blossom
  • Illinois: White oak/Purple violet
  • Kansas: Eastern cottonwood/Sunflower
  • Louisiana: Bald cypress/Southern magnolia
  • Mississippi: Magnolia/Magnolia
  • Nebraska: Eastern cottonwood/Goldenrod
  • Pennsylvania: Eastern hemlock/Mountain laurel
  • Virginia: Flowering dogwood/Flowering dogwood
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