Lowell Elementary School Moon Tree
This loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) was planted in 1977 at the Lowell Elementary School
in Boise, Idaho. Governor John Evan's son was attending the school at that time.
The picture above at left shows the tree in 2022, at right in 2014.
The center picture shows a plaque in front of the tree.
The Lowell Elementary School website has the following:
In 1977, a special pine tree was planted on the playground. The tree was
grown from seeds that U.S. astronauts had taken to the moon and was,
therefore, named the "Moon Tree." There were only three such trees
planted in the entire state of Idaho. Lowell School received one of
these trees because Governor John Evans had a son attending Lowell at
The tree appeared to be diseased in 2014, possibly due to an infestation of insects.
The lower branches were dying and sap was oozing from the trunk. Some of the
damage can be seen in the picture below left. The tree in 2018 (picture above)
appeared to be healthier, and later reports indicate the tree seems to be recovering.
There was a local effort to save the tree, you can find out more about it
Photograph at top left and center right courtesy Andy Heidelberg
Photographs at top center and middle left courtesy Beth Gordon
Photographs at top right and bottom courtesy Eric Geiger
Lowell School History Page
Efforts underway to save Boise's moon tree - KTVB-7 TV, 29 September 2015
Revisiting the Moon Tree - awkward botany, 24 June 2020
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History of the Loblolly Pine Moon Trees
Moon Tree Home Page
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Last Updated: 30 June 2023, DRW