Apple blossom (Pyrus coronaria) is Arkansas State Flower. Apple blossom is one of the most fragrant and beautiful flowered species. Apple blossom tree is a good sized tree, with white, pink tinted flowers followed by round, glossy, bright green fruits.
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The Apple Blossom was adopted as the Arkansas State Flower by the General Assembly of 1901. Apple blossoms have five pink and white petals, and green leaves. The Apple blossoms face a common problem from late frost that destroys the delicate outer structures of the flower.TheApple blossom flowers are produced in spring. The town of Lincoln in Washington County hosts the annual Arkansas Apple Festival.
Apple blossom flowers are classified as single five petals, semi-double six-ten petals, or double more than 10 petals. Double-flowering crabapples retain their flowers longer than other types, but fruiting is usually sparse.
The Apple blossom flowers are nearly 4 cm wide; with 5 rounded white or pink petals; in clusters, on long stalks. The calyx-tube of the Apple blossom is urn-shaped, with limb 5-cleft; the pedicels and calyx villose-tomentose. Apple blossom petals are roundish, or obovate, with short claws. Apple blossom flowers have numerous stamens and 5 styles that are united with villose at the base.
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- The variety flore pleno has double flowers and is very showy. Apple blossom is used as an ornamental, and the fruits are often use the fruit in making preserves.
- Originally, the group of trees known as Crab Apples included only the most sour-fruited seedlings from orchard varieties and also native species of apple, but now this group contains all varieties of Malus except those considered to be orchard varieties.
- Apples and crabapples are a part of the rose family, Rosaceae, in the genus Malus.
- Crabapples are differentiated from apples based on fruit size. If the fruit is two inches in diameter or less, it is termed a crabapple. If the fruit is larger than two inches, it is classified as an apple. Michigan ranks second in the US in apple production.
- The Apple blossoms bloom on small trees with a short trunk and several stout branches forming broad, open crown.
- The Apple blossom leaves are long, wide, Ovate, coarsely saw-toothed beyond middle; slightly lobed on young twigs; both blades and leafstalks with fine reddish hairs when young. Yellow-green above, pale beneath; turning yellow in autumn.
- Murfreesboro in Arkansas is the only known diamond mine in the United States - Crater of Diamonds State Park
- Arkansas is bounded on the north by Missouri; on the east by the Mississippi River, which separates it from Mississippi and Tennessee; on the south by Louisiana; and on the west by the plains of Oklahoma and Texas.
- the word Arkansas comes from the Quapaw - Sioux - word acansa, which means downstream place or south wind.
- Nicknames of Arkansas include - The Natural State, The Land of Opportunity, The Wonder State, The Bear State.
- Magazine Mount, 2,753 ft (840 m) is the highest peak, and the lowest point, is Ouachita River, 55 ft.17 m.
- Total area of Arkansas is 137,732 sq kms.
- Little Rock is the capital of Arkansas.
- Arkansas attained its statehood on June 15, 1836, as the 25th US state.
- Total Area of Arkansas is 137,732 sq km (53,179 sq mi), and the state 28th among the US states.
- Main rivers of the state are the Mississippi, Arkansas, White, St. Francis, Red, Ouachita,and their tributaries.
- As "The Natural State", Arkansas is known for its natural scenic beauty, clear lakes and streams and abundance of natural wildlife, which appeals travelers from all over the country. As a result, tourism is a major factor in the state's economy.
- Poultry and eggs, soybeans, sorghum, cattle, cotton, rice, hogs, milk are the main agricultural products.
- Arkansas has 600,000 acres of lakes, 9,700 miles of rivers and streams, and 2.4 million acres of forest.
- Arkansas natural resources are Petroleum, natural gas, and bromine, which are the top three minerals produced, which contribute to Arkansas's economy.
- The Ozark National Forest covers more than 1 million acres.
- Tourist destinations include Hot Springs National Park, one of the country's oldest and most visited parks; Eureka Springs, a water theme park, Wild River Country, and numerous restorations and museums, including Mid-America Science Museum.
- The Buffalo National River was the country's first national river park, and Blanchard Springs Caverns is the major cave find of the 20th century.
- Arkansas' Historical Sites are Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Toltec Mounds National Archeological State Park, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, Arkansas, Fort Smith Historic Site.
- Mountain View is home to one of the largest producers of handmade dulcimers in the world.
- Arkansas is the native place for the famous personalities like as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, and Al Capone, and the boyhood home of President Bill Clinton.
- Mount Ida is known as the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World.
- Arkansas has the only Bauxite mine in the United States.
- Arkansas is home to the University of Arkansas Main Campus, University of Central Arkansas, University of the Ozarks, and Williams Baptist College.
- As Arkansas was the chief apple-producing county in the U.S, the Apple blossom was chosen as the state flower. And Arkansas was called as The Land of the Big Red Apple. Today Arkansas ranks 32 nd in apple production.