Athens Moon Tree

Athens, Georgia

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Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) located at the Clarke County Planning Department in Athens, Georgia. It was planted around May 1976 at the Athens Regional Public Library. The library later moved to a new building and the site is now home to the Clarke County Planning Department. The exact date of the planting is not known, it is mentioned in the 20 May 1976 minutes of the Clarke County Library Board.

The upper news clipping (Athens Site Selected For Rare 'Moon Tree') is from the Athens, Georgia, Banner-Herald News, January 18, 1976. The clipping below (The Moon Tree Arrives) is from the Banner Herald of May 16, 1976, stating the tree was planted "recently" by the Athens Sertoma Club and local dignitaries.

The tree was in danger of being removed for a development project, but it appears that has been averted.

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The tree is located at 120 W. Dougherty St. in downtown Athens. Picture was taken in 2019.

Photographs and clippings courtesy of Amy Hager
Articles credit Athens Banner-Herald

 As a seed, it orbited the Moon on Apollo 14. 50 years later, this Athens pine is 'thriving' Athens Banner-Herald, 15 January 2021

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Last Updated: 3 May 2021, DRW