Friendly Plaza Moon Tree

Monterey, California

[Friendly Plaza Moon Tree] [Friendly Plaza Moon Tree Plaque]

The coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) Moon Tree in Monterey, California was presented to the city on 27 July 1976 and planted in Friendly Plaza near Colton Hall. The tree was dedicated to the "people of Monterey to commemorate the Bicentennial of the United States of America, and for the enjoyment of all future generations." The roughly 2-foot-high seedling was sent out from the Institute of Forest Genetics in Placerville, California, on 2 April 1976. The seeds for the coast redwoods were collected by the U.S. Forest Service near Soquel, California in 1966.

[Friendly Plaza Moon Tree Plaque]
Monterey Peninsula Herald, 25 and 27 July 1976

Tree located at 36 deg 35.873 min N, 121 deg 53.816 min W

Tree photo courtesy of Julie D'Angelo
Plaque photo courtesy of Ed Hall
Clippings credit Monterey Peninsula Herald and Gabriel Skvor

 Forty years ago a Monterey resident orbited the moon with the Apollo 14 astronauts. - Monterey County Weekly, 16 May 2013
 Moon Tree in Friendly Plaza - Monterey Public Library (2017)
 Moon Tree in Friendly Plaza (pdf)
 Historical Marker Database - Friendly Plaza

 History of the Moon Tree Coast Redwoods
 Moon Tree Home Page

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