North Carolina is easily recognized by its many state symbols. We not only are recognized for our name but by our flower, tree, bird, dog and many other things that are representative of our state and may or may not be found in other states.
Our official berries are Strawberry and Blueberry as designated by the General Assembly in 2001. Both berries are a vital part of the states economy and are grown throughout the state.
In 1987 Milk became the official state beverage and was adopted by the general assembly. Statistics show that North Carolina ranks 31st in the United States for producing just over 1,000,000 pounds per year which equals to roughly $139 million in revenues.
On March 4, 1943 the Cardinal was selected to represent North Carolina as the state bird. It is most noticeable in the winter months as it is the only red bird to be seen during this time of year. Both the male & female Cardinal can be heard singing their beautiful songs, which is highly unusual as it is normally the male birds that dominate the singing in most bird species. The cardinal stays around all year and can be seen in your gardens most anytime no matter the weather or the season.
The General Assembly in 1987, adopted the Shad Boat as the state’s Historical Boat. The boat was developed on Roanoke Island using native trees such as cypress, juniper and white cedar, and has a unique manoeuverability which is essential to our waterways and sounds. It is not unusual to see some of these boats that are over 100 years old and handle just as well as they did when first built.
The Venus Flytrap was adopted by the General Assembly in 2005 to be the states Carnivorous Plant. This plant is native only to a small portion of North Carolina which is mostly within a 75 mile radius around Wilmington. The Venus Flytrap has been listed as a high risk of becoming extent in the wild.
The Plott Hound is the official State Dog and was officially adopted as such on August 12, 1989. The Plott Hound originated around 1750 in the mountains of NC when it was developed as a wild boar hunting dog in the state of NC by Jonathan Plott. In 2007 the Plott Hound became eligible for competitions by the American Kennel Club.
Because the Pine tree was such a vital part of the economy of North Carolina in the early years, the General assembly adopted in 1963, that this is the tree that would be the most representative of our great state. There are an estimated eight species that are considered to be indigenous to North Carolina.