Capitol Park Moon Tree

Sacramento, California

[Sacramento Moon Tree] [Sacramento Moon Tree Plaque]

This coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) was planted in Capitol Park in Sacramento, California in April 1976 (April 20?). It is located by the northeast corner of the main Capitol building next to the security pavillion. The tree is about 120 feet tall with a canopy of approximately 40 feet. The pavillion plans were designed to ensure the tree's safety. The tree was featured on Huell Howser's "California's Gold" program in 2007.

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.

The tree is situated at 38° 34.616' N, 121° 29.581' W.

[Sacramento Moon Tree Article]

Photographs courtesy of Jane Graham
Article credit Ukiah Daily Journal,, and Mark Thompson

A redwood from outer space - Save the Redwoods League, July 25, 2023
The ‘Moon Tree’ at Capitol Park is a monument to a US Forest Service smokejumper - Sacramento, Fox 40 News, July 23, 2022
How the "Moon Tree" ended up at the Capitol - Sacramento ABC 10 News, December 16, 2016
Capitol 'Moon Tree': Symbolic of forests in Space Age - Ukiah Daily Journal, April 21, 1976

California Gold - Moon Trees - Huell Howser, 2007 (Sacramento tree segment starts at 14:35)

History of the Moon Tree Coast Redwoods
Moon Tree Home Page

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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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Last Updated: 20 May 2024, DRW