Walther Park Moon Tree

DeSoto Historical Tree Museum

DeSoto, Missouri

[Walther Park Moon Tree] [Plaque at the Walther Park Tree]

The DeSoto Historical Tree Museum in Walther Park, De Soto, Missouri, holds trees of historical interest collected and propagated by Stan Lemaster and Theodore Klein. The park was dedicated in June, 1990, but presumably the tree was planted in the mid-1970's as were most of the other Moon Trees. The tree is a sycamore (Platinus occidentalis), about 40 feet tall. The plaque next to the tree reads:

"This Moon Tree is an American sycamore (Platanue occidentalis) grown from one of a small number of seeds carried to the moon and back by Astronaut Stuart Roosa on the February 1971 Apollo 14 flight.

The seeds were germinated by a U.S. Forest Service scientist at NASA's Manned Space Center at Houston, Texas.

The planting of this tree is intended to focus attention on the past and future importance of trees and forest resources."

[De Soto Tree Museum Plaque] [Walther Park Moon Tree]

The tree is located at 38 deg 7.445 min N, 90 deg 33.555 min W.

Upper tree photograph courtesy of Erica Botkin
Bottom tree and museum plaque photographs and information courtesy of Know Future, geocacher
Moon Tree plaque photograph courtesy of Wes Wideman

 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: Dave Williams, david.r.williams@nasa.gov
Last Updated: 14 December 2022, DRW