Lowell Elementary School Moon Tree

Boise, Idaho

[Lowell Moon Tree] [Lowell Moon Tree Plaque] [Lowell Moon Tree]

This loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) was planted in 1977 at the Lowell Elementary School in Boise, Idaho. The picture above at left shows the tree in 2018, 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 that time.

Six Moon Douglas fir seedlings were sent to Idaho, two by special request of the governor. This is one of the two, air freighted to Idaho from the U.S.F.S. Placerville station on 13 May 1976. Another tree, since deceased, was planted at the University of Idaho. The location of the other four is not known.

The tree appeared to be diseased in 2014, possibly due to an infestation of insects. The lower branches are dying and sap is oozing from the trunk. Some of the damage can be seen in the picture below left. The tree in 2018 appears to be healthier.

There was a local effort to save the tree, you can find out more about it here.

[Lowell Moon Tree damage] [Lowell Moon Tree pine cone]

Two photographs at top left courtesy of Beth Gordon
Photographs at top right and bottom courtesy of Eric Geiger

Lowell School History Page

North Boise Community Rallies to Save the 'Moon Tree' at Lowell Elementary

Moon Tree Home Page

Dr. David R. Williams, dave.williams@nasa.gov
NSSDCA, Mail Code 690.1
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771

NASA Official: Dr. David R. Williams, david.r.williams@nasa.gov
Last Updated: 23 March 2021, DRW