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The Chesapeake Bay nearly bisects the state and the counties east of the bay are known collectively as the Eastern Shore. The Patapsco River includes the famous Thomas Viaduct and is part of the Patapsco Valley State Park.
A good dose of annual precipitation helps to support many types of plants, including seagrass and various reeds at the smaller end of the spectrum to the gigantic Wye Oak, a huge example of white oak, the state tree, which can grow in excess of 70 feet (21 m) tall.
Middle Atlantic coastal forests, typical of the southeastern Atlantic coastal plain, grow around Chesapeake Bay and on the Delmarva Peninsula.
Included among these are the crape myrtle, Italian cypress, live oak in the warmer parts of the state, USDA plant hardiness zones in the state range from Zones 5 and 6 in the extreme western part of the state to Zone 7 in the central part, and Zone 8 around the southern part of the coast, the bay area, and parts of metropolitan Baltimore.
Maryland's state flower, the black-eyed susan, grows in abundance in wild flower groups throughout the state.
) is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D. to its south and west; Pennsylvania to its north; and Delaware to its east.
The state's largest city is Baltimore, and its capital is Annapolis.
This land was ceded to the United States Federal Government in 1790 to form the District of Columbia.
(The Commonwealth of Virginia gave land south of the Potomac, including the town of Alexandria, Virginia, however Virginia retroceded its portion in 1846).
It ranges from sandy dunes dotted with seagrass in the east, to low marshlands teeming with wildlife and large bald cypress near the Chesapeake Bay, to gently rolling hills of oak forests in the Piedmont Region, and pine groves in the mountains to the west.