Mississippi State University Moon Tree

Starkville, Mississippi

[Mississippi State Moon Tree] [Mississippi State Moon Tree]

Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) planted at Dorman Hall on the Mississippi State University campus in Starkville, Mississippi in 1975. This tree is the source for the second generation Moon Tree seedlings sold by the American Forests' Historic Tree Nursery.

The Mississippi State sycamore had its top snapped off by hurricane Katrina on 29 August 2005, but is apparently still healthy.

[Mississippi State Moon Tree after it was topped] [Mississippi State Moon Tree 2019]
Mississippi State University Moon sycamore after it was topped by hurricane Katrina and the tree in October 2019.

Tree is located at 33 deg 27.288 min N, 88 deg 47.671 min W

Upper photographs courtesy of Marco Nicovich, Office of Ag. Communications, MSU
Topped tree photograph credit Mississippi State University
Final photograph credit Google Maps

 Mississippi State University is home to an out-of-this-world tree - Daily Journal, 24 May 2022
 As NASA celebrates Apollo 50th anniversary, MSU recognizes lineage of its ‘Moon Sycamore’ tree - M.S.U. Newsroom, 18 July 2019

 American Heritage Trees - 2nd Generation Moon Trees grown from the Mississippi State Tree.

 History of the Sycamore Moon Trees
 Moon Tree Home Page

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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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Last Updated: 23 May 2024, DRW