Asheville Botanical Gardens Moon Tree

Asheville, North Carolina

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This sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) was planted at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville in North Carolina in a ceremony on Arbor Day, March 19, 1976. However, it appears the original may have been taken to a greenhouse and a different sycamore planted in its place at the ceremony, later replaced with the real Moon Tree. The picture at the top left was taken in May, 2008, and the tree pictures at top right and at the bottom were taken in June, 2023.

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville are located at 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd. in Asheville, North Carolina. The tree is on the north side of Sycamore Meadow (see map), off the trail that parallels Reed Creek.

The plaque reads:

Platanus occidentalis L.
This sycamore was planted from a seed
which traveled on the January 31, 1971
Apollo 14 flight to the Moon.
Command pilot Stuart Roosa is a former
forest service smoke jumper.
Commemorating the nation's bi-centennial
and forestry's centennial.

[Asheville Moon Tree Base] [Asheville Moon Tree Map] [Asheville Moon Tree Plaque]

Two top left photographs courtesy Becky Priddy
Top right and lower photographs courtesy Sherry Banner
Map credit Botanical Gardens at Asheville

 Botanical Gardens at Asheville
 Along the Way: The Asheville Moon Tree - Pennsylvania Rambler (28 August 2018)
 Moon Tree Home Page

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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771

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Last Updated: 8 July 2023, DRW