Washington State Capitol Moon Tree

Olympia, Washington

  Douglas Fir
("moon tree")

Pseudotsuga Menziesii

While the Douglas fir is one of the most common evergreens in Washington, this particular tree has a unique history. During the Apollo moon missions between 1969 and 1972, Douglas fir seedlings were transported to the moon for each of the 50 states. The Washington state 'moon tree' was planted as a seedling on the Capitol campus at its location on Capitol Way, near Tivoli fountain. It's a very full and beautifully formed tree that has a place of honor on the campus, reminding visitors of the Apollo missions to the moon.

Text and image from "Trees of the Washington State Capitol Campus" brochure
Courtesy Washington State House of Representatives

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: 12 July 2016, DRW