State Symbols

Arizona State Seal
State Seal
The official seal is in black and white. In the background is a mountain range with the sun rising behind the peaks. At the right side of the range of mountains is a storage reservoir and a dam. In the middle are irrigated fields and orchards. In the lower right side of the seal is grazing cattle. To the left, on a mountainside, is a quartz mill with a miner with a pick and shovel. Above the drawing is the motto "Ditat Deus," meaning "God Enriches." he words "Great Seal of the State of Arizona" and the year of admission to the United States, 1912, is written around the seal.

State FlowerState Flower
The state flower is the white blossom of the saguaro, the largest cactus in the United States. The saguaro blossoms appear on the tips of the long arms of the cactus during May and June.

State TreeState Tree
The palo verde, meaning "green stick", is the state tree. The palo verde is found in the desert and in the foothills of Arizona. When the trees bloom in late spring, they look like gold.

State FlowerState Bird
Arizona's state bird, the cactus wren, is brown with a speckled chest. They grow to be about 7 to 8 inches long, a little bit bigger than a new pencil.

State TreeState Gemstone
Arizona's state gem, turquoise, is a blue-green stone. It has been used a long, long time in Indian jewelry.

State FlowerState Neckwear
The bola tie is "a new symbol of the west," and is usually hand-made in many different shapes, sizes and types. They just slip up and down on a thin rope.

State TreeState Fish
The Apache trout is the state fish. It has a yellowish color and pink bands. It has spots on its body and is found in state rivers.

State FlowerState Fossil
Petrified wood is the state fossil. Most of the petrified wood in Arizona can be found in the Petrified Forest in the northern part of the state. A long time ago, the wood used to be trees. Over a long period of time the wood became petrified.

State TreeState Amphibian
This Arizona tree frog is the state amphibian. It is small, usually 3/4 to 2 inches long, a little larger than the size of a quarter. Most are green but some can be gold colored. The stripe ends just before the rear legs.

State FlowerState Mammal
The ringtail is the state mammal. It is not really a cat but is related to the raccoon and coatimundi. The ringtail is also known as the ringtail cat, miner's cat and cacomistle. It was named the state mammal in 1986.

State TreeState Reptile
The Arizona ridge-nosed rattlesnake was the last rattlesnake to be named by herpetologists. This snake is small, rarely weighing more than 3-4 ounces as an adult or growing longer than 24 inches. The ridge-nosed rattlesnake lives only the Huachuca, Patagonia and Santa Rita Mountains in the south central part of Arizona.