Georgia designated the live oak (Quercus virginiana) as official state tree in 1937. Coastal towns and cities in the south often have hurricane-resistant live oaks arching over the streets in historic neighborhoods.
Excerpt from Georgia Resolution:
"... Whereas the live-oak, being a tree indigenous to the soil of our State and especially flourishing along the Coastal plains and islands thereof where the first settlers and founders of this State resided, and which tree is so closely associated with our early history, and particularly with the lives of many famous Georgians such as General James Edward Oglethorpe, John Wesley and Sidney Lanier; ..."