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Louisiana State Fruit Tree

Mayhaw Fruit Tree Crataegus spp. Adopted: May 30, 2014
Louisiana state fruit tree
Louisiana State Fruit Tree: Mayhaw Fruit Tree

The Louisiana Mayhaw Association was behind the proposal to capture the official designation. The effort was spear-headed by LMA board member Ted Williams.

The recognition the mayhaw receives from this official act raises public awareness and will have a positive and long term effect on the mayhaw industry.

("Louisiana Mayhaw Association Newsletter", 2014)

Senate Bill No. 206 was crafted and prefiled by State Senator John Smith and carried through the House of Representatives by Representative Dorothy Sue Hill.

Introduced and referred to the Committee on Senate and Governmental Affairs on March 10, 2014, the measure received a favorable report the next day.

On March 17, 2014, Senate Bill No. 206 garnered unanimous approval (38-0) on the floor of the Senate and was sent on to the House for consideration.

The momentum slowed in the House. It took two months for the bill to come to a vote.

The outcome was positive however. On May 19, the House joined the Senate in approval voting 80-6 in favor of the bill.


SLS 14RS-10

Regular Session, 2014



LEGIS POWERS/FUNCTIONS. Designates the mayhaw fruit tree as the official state fruit tree. (8/1/14)


To enact R.S. 49:160.1, relative to state symbols; to provide for the official state fruit tree; and to provide for related matters.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of Louisiana:

Section 1. R.S. 49:160.1 is hereby enacted to read as follows:

?160.1. State fruit tree

There shall be an official state fruit tree. The official state fruit tree shall be the mayhaw fruit tree. Its use on official documents of the state and with the insignia of the state is hereby authorized.

The original instrument and the following digest, which constitutes no part of the legislative instrument, were prepared by Ashley E. Menou.


John Smith (SB 206)

Proposed law provides that the mayhaw fruit tree shall be the official state fruit tree and authorizes its use on official documents of the state and with the insignia of the state.

Effective August 1, 2014.

(Adds R.S. 49:160.1)

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Coding: Words which are struck through are deletions from existing law; words in boldface type and underscored are additions.

The Mayhaw fruit tree was designated, by law, as the official state fruit tree of Louisiana when Governor Piyush "Bobby" Jindal signed Senate Bill No. 206 on May 30, 2014. The law went into effect on August 1, 2014.

The fruit of the mayhaw is popular in Louisiana. In 2003, mayhaw jelly was designated as one of two official state jellies. The other designee was Louisiana sugarcane jelly.


"Mayhaw'named 'State Fruit Tree'." Louisiana Mayhaw Association Newsletter : 3. Print.

"RS 49:160.1." Louisiana State Legislature. State of Louisiana, n.d. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

Smith, John R. "SB206 by Senator John R. Smith." Louisiana State Legislature. State of Louisiana, 30 May 2014. Web. 5 Oct. 2015.

Additional Information

What is Mayhaw?: Louisiana Kitchen and Culture.

The Mayhaw: Out of the Swamp and Into the Orchardadobe document: Louisiana State University AgCenter Research and Extension.

Marion Mayhaw Festival: The town of Marion, one of the oldest towns in Union Parish.

Website: Louisiana Mayhaw Association.

Crataegus aestivalis (Walter) Torr. & A. Gray (may hawthorn): USDA, NRCS. 2016. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

Mayhaw: A New Fruit Crop for the South: NewCROPTM the New Crop Resource Online Program: Center for New Crops & Plant Products, at Purdue University.

Crataegus aestivalis (Walter) Torr. & A. Gray: Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).

Mayhaw Jelly
Mayhaw Jelly

Crataegus aestivalis (Walter) Torr. & A. Gray: Plants For A Future (PFAF): researching and providing information on ecologically sustainable horticulture.

Crataegus aestivalis (Walter) Torr. & A. Gray: Search for images of Crataegus aestivalis with Google.

State trees: Complete list of official state trees from NETSTATE.COM.

More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Louisiana state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.

Mayhaw Jelly, 16 oz. mayhaw jelly in glass jar. Made from the hawthorn plant grown only in the swampy areas of the southern United States. Sweet and tart! Delicious! From Big Swamp May-Haw Farm.