Asheville Botanical Gardens Moon Tree

Asheville, North Carolina

[Asheville Moon Tree] [Asheville Moon Tree Plaque]

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 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 bicentennial and forestry's centennial.

Photographs courtesy of Becky Priddy

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

Dr. David R. Williams,
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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771

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Last Updated: 26 February 2021, DRW