1897 : Apple Blossom Designated Michigan’s Official State Flower

April 28, 2018 all-day
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William Harris of Norwood introduced the legislation proposing that the apple blossom be adopted as the official state flower of Michigan on February 9, 1897.

Joint Resolution No. 10 noted that apple trees add to “the beauty” of Michigan’s landscape and that “Michigan apples have gained a worldwide reputation.”

Citing the blossom of the native Michigan Pyrus coronaria (sweet crabapple) as particularly beautiful and fragrant, the legislation does not specify this species as the state flower but refers to the generic apple blossom as the state flower of Michigan.

Michigan adopted the blossom of the apple tree as its state flower by an act of the legislature on April 28, 1897.

Pyrus coronaria is now referred to as Malus coronaria.

The following information is excerpted from the Michigan Compiled Laws, Chapter 2, Section 2.11.


J.R. 10 of 1897

2.11 State flower.

Source: Michigan State Flower.

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