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Eastern red cedar named Tenn. state evergreen tree

7:49 PM, Feb 6, 2012   |    comments
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Senate has voted to name the eastern red cedar as Tennessee's official evergreen tree.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Faulk of Kingsport was unanimously approved 31-0 on Monday evening.

Faulk has said that the state already has a state tree in the tulip poplar, but no official evergreen. He noted that the tree was used to landscape Andrew Jackson's Heritage estate and that the hill where the state Capitol is located was once known as Cedar Knob.

The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the House Agriculture Committee.

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