Cascades Park Moon Tree

Tallahassee, Florida

[Cascades Park Moon Tree] [Cascades Park Moon Tree Plaque]

Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis), planted at Cascades Park in downtown Tallahassee, Florida. In the picture above, from 2019, the Moon sycamore is the leftmost tree closest to the center of the picture. It is marked by a plaque. The planting date for the tree is unknown at this time.

The park was closed in 2006 for some time (until at least 2011) for remediation due to soil contamination attributed to a gas plant. The tree was within the borders of the superfund site, but survived and appears to be in good health.

The tree is located in the west end of the park, in the northwestern corner of Centennial Field. It is near the intersection of South Monroe St. and East Bloxham St. The image below shows a birds-eye view of the park from 2009 with the rough area of the tree in Centennial Field circled.

Tree is located at 33° 26.034' N, 84° 16.816' W.

[Aerial image of cascades park from 2009]

[Tallahassee Moon Tree Article]
Article clipping from the 11 November 2002 Tallahassee Democrat.

Top photographs and information courtesy of Chiho Sullivan.
Lower photograph and soil remediation pdf and information courtesy of Jim McCarthy.
Newspaper clipping credit Tallahassee Democrat.

Cascades Park - Tallahassee Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Affairs
Florida's "Moon Trees" - Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Bark side of the moon: Seeds from Apollo 14 mission rooted in Tallahassee - 16 July 2019 Tallahassee Democrat
Meet Tallahassee's 'moon trees' 16 July 2019 Tallahassee Democrat

History of the Moon Tree Sycamores
Moon Tree Home Page

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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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Last Updated: 22 May 2024, DRW