Alte deutsche Eiche im Herbst – old German oak tree in autumn
The oak is a common symbol of strength and endurance and has been chosen as the national tree of many countries. Already an ancient Germanic symbol (in form of the Donar Oak), it stands for the nation of Germany. Oak branches are displayed on some German coins, both of the former Deutsche Mark (DM) and the current Euro currency. In 2004, the Arbor Day Foundation held a vote for the official National Tree of the USA, and U.S. Congress passed legislation designating the oak as America’s National Tree. Other countries have also designated the oak as their national tree including Bulgaria, Cyprus, England, Estonia, France, Moldova, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and Wales.