Illinois State Capitol Tree
A sycamore ((Platanus occidentalis) Moon Tree was planted on the lawn of the Illinois
State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois on 29 April 1976. The tree was originally
planned to be planted on Arbor Day, 30 April, 1976, but was moved one day.
The seedling was planted by Governor Daniel Walker and Tony Dean, Director of the
Department of Conservation. Dean presented walker with a plaque to be placed in the
ground near the tree. The status of the tree is not known.
The article above is from the April 30 issue of the Chicago, Illinois Daily Herald.
The seeds for the sycamores were collected by the U.S. Forest Service in
Claiborne County, Mississippi. After their return to Earth, they were grown
at the U.S. Forest Service Institute of Forest Genetics (IFG) southern station
in Gulfport, Mississippi before being sent out as seedlings.
More detail on the
history of the Sycamore Moon Trees
Clipping above courtesy
Information courtesy Fred Kelso and Mark Thomson.
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Last Updated: 1 August 2023, DRW